The King On His Throne – Write on Edge Challenge

Hey everyone, decided to try the Write on Edge challenge today. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Write on Edge posts weekly writing prompts that anyone can participate in – you simply link up your post on the website. This week we were prompted to compose up to 500 words on the following Dr. Seuss quote and image:

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax

Dr. Seuss puzzles

The King On His Throne

Jim put up his feet on the desk, and leaned back in his chair. It felt good, no, it felt right. He deserved everything- this desk, this office, this job. He looked out through the window, at the New York skyline that gleamed in the mid-morning sun. All of those buildings, filled with people that would need him, and what he had to offer. They’d be coming soon, begging him to fix their portfolios, adjust their finances, pull money from where there was none. And he’d do it all, once he took his cut. And oh, how he was looking forward to that.

And to think, there were people that hadn’t believed he deserved this. Jim closed his eyes, remembering when he’d humbly gone to his boss, after ten long years, and asked for the most modest of promotions. How the old man had laughed! But he’d screamed just as loudly later, after he’d learned the old man’s address. And then there’d been the replacement, that still wouldn’t grant him what he wanted. But hey, sometimes you need to step on some people to climb up in the world. And since he’d had the most experience, why shouldn’t he be the one promoted? But once he got there, he realized there was more he should be doing. So the process had started again. And again. Jim had lost count of how many people he’d stepped over, how many times he’d taken a boat out onto the Hudson to dump garbage. But finally, after climbing over so many, he was standing at the top. Jim was king of the company now, and there was no one that would take that view away from him.

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Posted on March 6, 2013, in Writing Prompt and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The road to the top is never easy, is it! I love this piece-you did a great job describing the struggles Jim faced to get where he is-even if he finds out that being at the top may not turn out to be all that he feels he deserves it to be. Good job with the prompt!

  2. This stuck with me: “to get rid of garbage”. Such a chilling way to describe Jim’s ruthless climb. The problem is, there’s always something higher…

  3. Yikes! It’s easy for that Yertle the Turtle quote to go somewhere dark, isn’t it? This guy doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to settle for money management now that he is where he is…

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