Family Business

Family Business

The CEO droned on about recovery, new products and the future but there wasn’t enough money left in the kitty to make any of that happen.

Martin the youngest and brightest of the four brothers sat quietly, half taking in what was being said, half watching what was happening beyond the windows of the top floor headquarters. His blood boiling with every word that the imbecile his older brothers had hired spit out and hurled the length of the table his brothers and the other board members encircled.

The group was taken aback when Martin jumped on the boards that comprised the long table’s surface and said, “Stop, we have three months of capital left at best and you’re blathering on about new and expanded product lines and rosy futures. Look out the windows, there are a half dozen vultures circling this top floor boardroom like creditors waiting to pick the last remnants of meat from the carcass of a failing empire; that is the only future for this business unless we take our heads from our asses, send you packing and let me do what is necessary to right this ship.”

Fifteen minutes later the group voted overwhelmingly for a drastic change in direction, unfortunately, the other brothers’ majority voting share overruled the decision and within twelve months their father’s legacy was gone.


Contains word prompt from
GirlieOnTheEdge’s Six Sentence Stories #207.
Date: 2022-04-10 | Word: Board

Photo Credit: Unknown.
Copyright 2022 Greg Glazebrook, All Rights Reserved.

18 thoughts on “Family Business

    1. Gr8BigFun Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the story and I agree, I wish I sounded that good too. The Anchor app actually creates the audio with either a masculine or feminine voice. At times, it messes up inflection and emphasis but it does a pretty good job overall, especially with prose. Poetry is a little tougher. especially if you don’t like punctuation in your work.

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      1. ladysighs

        Oh, you mean I’m swooning over an app. 😦 lol
        I did read another blog entry that had the same player except a woman’s voice. I can see why it would be good for a pod cast.
        I record many of my poems/songs and have so many sssss sounds. But I just record anyway because it’s fun.
        I wonder if the Anchor app can make up poems too?? 🙂

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      2. Gr8BigFun Post author

        The app is actually owned by Spotify and your podcast gets published on the Spotify platform as well. The app generated speech will read poems but unless you punctuate carefully the flow tends to be off. The Anchor app will allow you to record with your own voice too. If I could find a quiet place in this house I’d try recording my own but haven’t got there yet. I just thought it was a nice feature to add to the blog for those who’d rather listen.

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      3. ladysighs

        Thanks for the info. I did have Spotify at one time but just to listen to a friend. May look into it again.
        I close my computer room door for some quiet. Just my husband and I and he’s used to my noise.

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  1. Liz H

    Sounds like those older brothers were distracted by shiny objects.
    Luckily the youngest inherited all the brains, if none of the fiscal legacy…

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  2. GirlieOnTheEdge

    How often does that happen? Probably far too often as short sightedness and unwillingness to take risks and put in hard work doesn’t seem to be all that popular. Too many simply want to take the easy way out – not use their brains. How frustrating for Martin and tragic a legacy was lost unnecessarily.
    Excellent, Greg.

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    1. Gr8BigFun Post author

      Thank you, unfortunately the brothers will not be affected because they will still have access to the family fortune. It is the people who work for them who ultimately pay the price for their incompetence .

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