The sweep second hand inched ever so slowly. "I swear they must slow these clocks down after lunch", Carrie spoke under her breath. "Five... Four... Three... Two... One! Come on Kel we're out of here!" As she flipped the switch on her computer.
"Carrie, you are not supposed to do that. You're supposed to wait for it to shut down"
"I don't care Kel, you flip the switch and its on, you flip the switch and its off. Instant just like that. Besides I don't have the patients for that right now. Time to go and we have three days reprieve from this hell hole."
"Oh Carrie" Kelly shook her head and smiled, "Never the one to conform."
The two young women gather their things and headed for the door, anxious to start their long deserved weekend. Kelly and Carrie not only worked together, they were also roommates, and had been best friends for years. They worked as documentation specialist for Henderson Consulting. Lots of typing, not much else. The days were often long and grueling with frequent tight deadlines. Added to that the pay was nothing to write home about. So a three-day weekend was welcomed treat.
"Come on Kelly, hurry up we are going to miss the bus!"
"When are you going to buy me a car Carrie, so that we don't have to take the bus anymore?"
"As soon as I get a raise!"
"Like that is ever going to happen anytime soon. Face it, Carrie we're just slaves at this place. It's just not fair, you remember that Todd Guy? He started six months ago doing the same job that we're doing. And now I bet he's making twice what we are. I don't care what people say things are still not equal between men and women."
"Come on Kelly, here comes the bus RUN! Oh damn missed it again!" Carrie pouted,
"Now were are going to have to sit here for a whole hour for the next bus to come."
"Oh its not your fault, just seems like we have been in quite a rut lately and I just want to get out of here."
Kelly sat on the bench watching Carrie pace back and forth. She worried that perhaps her friend was becoming a little depressed lately. Stuck in this dead end job, every day it seemed as if they were going nowhere. About the only excitement either of them had was watching ER on Thursday nights.
The pair had been waiting at the bus stop for nearly ten minutes when a car pulled up to the curb. The young woman driver rolled down the window. "Excuse me, I think I am lost. Could either of you tell me how I might get to 5791 Essence Road?"
"Sorry I have no idea. Do you know where Essence Road is Kel?"
"Yeah, Essence is over in the older part of town."
"Oh no, that sounds like it might be further away that I thought and I need to be there in twenty minutes." The young woman's look of concern suddenly turned to a disarming smile. "I don't suppose I could you to come with me so that you might help me find my way? I am going to a meeting of the Woman Fulfillment Society. You might enjoy meeting with us. We are working toward allowing all women the ability to fulfill her true destiny. Afterwards I could give you both a ride home. Did you have anything planned for this evening?"
"Ummm, those are pretty lofty goals," Kelly said sarcastically.
"Come on Kelly it sounds like it might be fun. Or we could just sit here for another hour waiting for that bus. And beside maybe they can help us get that raise and then YOU can by me a car," Carrie joked.
Kelly's impulse was to walk, no run away from this situation. Something told her to be careful. However the frustration of having missed the bus and nothing but another night of television allowed her to let down her defenses if just for a moment.
"Ok Carrie this time you win. Sure we'll join you, what the heck."
"Great! I think you will have a great time, and you are doing me a big favor. My name is Whisper by the way."
"Nice to meet you Whisper. I'm Carrie and this is Kelly."
"What an odd name," Kelly thought, "oh well, takes all kinds."
Kelly got into the front seat so that she could give directions. Carrie had to ride in the back. Kelly laughed a bit at that idea, as usually it was the other way around.
"Ok, you need to go down here a couple of blocks and make a left turn at the light."
"I am sure glad that I met up with you two, I do not think I could have ever found it, I always seem to get lost so easily."
"You're welcome, what are friends for?" Remarked Carrie, her thoughts anxious for some adventure.
Kelly thought to herself, "Carrie what are you saying we hardly know this person. If it weren't for me, Carrie would be in constant trouble.
Suddenly Kelly realized that Whisper was lighting a cigarette! "How rude she didn't even ask. " Kelly braced herself for the enviable outburst from Carrie; she hated smoking with a passion. The car began filling with the smoke from Whisper's cigarette, Kelly thought certainly she was going to gag. She tried to crack the window, however the button didn't work, apparently it was locked.
"Whisper do you mind if I open the window?"
Whisper either did not hear the question or she was ignoring Kelly. Kelly began to feel that bit of churning inside which told her something just did not seem right. "And why wasn't Carrie saying anything?" Apparently Carrie was a little preoccupied...
Carrie did not like the idea of sitting in the back, she never did. She always wanted to be the center of attention and never thought twice about speaking her mind. As she slid into the car her face showed her best pout. Immediately she noticed a strange looking disk lying on the seat beside her. Not bothering to ask she picked it up. It looked as if it were a game or something. Although it was disk shaped it felt comfortable in her hands, two buttons on either side sat naturally under her thumbprints. She pressed down on the buttons hoping to bring something to life. As she did she felt a strange sensation radiating up through her fingertips. Not really an electrical shock but it did kind of tingle. Actually it felt kind of good, then something odd happened, the surface of the disk came to life.
Flowing and swirling with what appeared to be abstract colors. However as Carrie looked a little closer she noticed that there was actually within the colors a swirling spinning spiral. The spiral rotated around the outside of the larger circle, which held the rainbow of dancing colors. "Ok, this is pretty but what else does it do?" Carrie started randomly pressing the buttons trying to get something else out of this strange contraption. Nothing different happened, just kept swirling, so she pressed the buttons a few more times. The third time she pressed the left button she felt the wonderful tingling feeling flowing up from her fingers into her arms and throughout her body. The same sensation she felt before only this time stronger. She pressed the left button again...nothing. Again, again, and again...nothing. Then she tried the right button strongly determined to find out how this thing worked. Suddenly she felt the sensation again, and wonderful quiver of pleasure flowed through her body. She continued to play with the buttons and soon discovered the disk seemed to rotate faster each time she felt the pleasure. She also noticed that if she pressed one of the buttons when the disk was in a certain position on the screen, she received her reward. At first it just appeared to be pure dumb luck, however the longer she played the game, the more natural it seem to be able to crack its code. Every time she pressed a button now Carries body vibrated with deep addictive pleasure. It felt so good, so controlling, and so wonderful, Carrie lost track of time, her surroundings, and the moving car. Now nothing else mattered now but the spiral.
Whisper drove the car slowly along the tree lined street and pulled into the drive of the old Victorian mansion. By the time the car settled to stop Kelly was anxious to get this all over with. Whisper had smoked the entire trip and Kelly wanted more than anything else to get some fresh air. Even though Kelly continued to provide directions it was almost as if Whisper was on autopilot. She barely said a single word, just sitting at the wheel smoking her cigarettes and carrying a look of contentment on her face. Kelly tried to open the door however the door wouldn't open; apparently someone had forgotten to take off the child locks, how embarrassing! Kelly looked up to see a group of women come out to great the new arrivals. It appeared obvious that one woman in particular seemed to be leading things. Kelly was struck by the woman's long vibrant read hair. All of the women wore silk robes; while the others wore green her robe was gold. The woman opened Kelly's door.
"You have done very well Whisper, I am pleased!"
"What is going on here?" Kelly protested.
"Please come in, its very cold outside. We can talk in the house."
Kelly thought briefly about simply running away, but the woman was right it was cold outside and she began to move with the others towards the large house. Two rather large double doors opened to reveal the rather plain and empty furnishings. Actually it appeared as though the house was empty of all except it inhabitants, although perhaps no one really lived there. Oh Kelly's head was starting to spin! Kelly was directed to follow the others as they knelt in a circle on the hard wooden floor. Kelly seemed to notice that many of the women in the green robes had that same contented smile on their faces. The gold woman stood in center directly in front of Kelly.
"Ok, now what the hell is going on here?"
.... There is more of this story ...