The Successful Son
Nis 10, 2021 // By:analsex // No Comment
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I began writing this story after hitting a block while writing two other stories, that remain unfinished. It was an exercise in world building and story telling, as such there isn’t a whole lot of sex, so if you’re looking for that this story probably isn’t for you. If you do read it I would love to know what you thought of it.
At 26 Walter Thurston was the youngest COO that Titan Biomed had ever seen, of course this ruffled quite a few feathers, but none of the people passed over for the position could deny he was best suited for the job. He graduated from Harvard Business School at only 20 years old and was offered a project manager position at Titan Biomed. In no time he moved up the ladder, impressing every one of his bosses then quickly surpassing them. Titan wasn’t the largest company in the world, they have a medium sized workforce; but during his COO interview, Walter outlined a plan to get them into the global market in less than five years. All the other candidates for the position had a mentality to play it overly safe and stay the course, which was one of the main reasons Walter got the job.
Walter grew up quite privileged and in a loving home. His father Walter Sr., is a highly respected attorney and owns one of, if not, the largest law firm in the tri-state area. Where they handle all sorts of cases, ranging from criminal down to minor traffic accidents. Needless to say the Thurstons are a wealthy family, furthermore Walter Sr. is not a young man, at 66 he is on his second marriage to Tracy his former secretary and mother to Walter Jr. In the looks department Walter Sr. wasn’t anything spectacular, his hair had long since gone white but still full, his round face and round waist tells the tale of many a night at the bar after a victory in court. He did have his height going for him, standing at 6’2″ he passed that on to his son, along with his book smarts.
His wife, Tracy, was just the opposite, very petite and an absolute stunner. Unlike many other kept women she had avoided the temptation of plastic surgery, besides, she was very happy with her perky B-cups. She also felt it gave her an air of dignity, all the other women looked like vapid trophy wives. It was hard enough being a black woman in their society, she didn’t want to feel like a sellout attempting to look just like them.
In her youth, 18 to be exact, she met Walter at a job seminar where he quickly offered her a paralegal position even though she didn’t have the qualification, assuring her she could learn on the job. That, of course, led to an affair that ended his marriage to his first wife and strained his relationship with his children. After learning that she was pregnant, she brought the news to Walter who was 40 at the time, and was overjoyed when he proposed to her.
Walter Jr. lucked out, he got his brains and height from his father, and his looks and street smarts from his mother. She always told him he could be twins with Blake Griffin, and even as a young boy she knew he would have no trouble with the ladies. And while he had plenty of ladies interested in him, he was more interested in his schooling, that’s not to say he ignored women entirely. However graduating from Harvard Business School at 20 years old requires dedication, and he didn’t allow himself to become distracted by the trappings of college life.
After college he indulged, but found it difficult to court women when he still lived with his parents, so at 22 he bought his first condo in Manhattan. He realized quickly that women picked up on his intelligence and saw the nice life he had made for himself at a young age. This often ended relationships quickly because they were mostly looking to be taken care of or get shiny gifts.
Even though he was busy with work, he never forgot his parents, and the support they gave him. He made an effort to see them at least twice a month, sometimes it was just a quick visit others it was for dinner. This weekend though he had planned to see them for lunch at their house on Long Island.
After a lengthy drive and some maddening traffic he arrived at his parents house and knocked on their door.
“Hey son! Good to see you!” Sr. threw his arms wide and embraced him.
“Hey pop.” Returning his embrace.
“Oh my baby!” Tracy pushed her husband aside and almost leapt into her son’s arms.
Jr. laughed. “Mom, you just saw me two weeks ago.”
“Oh shush you.” She said with her arms tight around his neck.
He smiled then pecked her on the cheek. “What’s for lunch?”
“I made us some club sandwiches and chips, I also made lemonade.” Tracy said cheerily while leading everyone to the kitchen table.
Surrounding the table they all dug in to the expertly prepared sandwiches, praising Tracy for the deliciousness first before starting a new topic.
“So, how’s work, dad?”
“Oh you know, same old, nothing new. What about you?”
“It’s coming along, I’m working on streamlining processes, so I’m meeting with all the department heads and seeing where we can cut redundancies.”
“Oh I’m so proud of you baby.” Tracy beamed at her son.
He pendik escort smiled. “Thanks ma.”
Sr. gestured to his wife. “Your mother here has been talking about getting back to work, says she’s bored staying home all day.”
“Walter, we don’t need to trouble him with that.” She said, sort of waving the topic away.
“That’s cool mom, what were you thinking of doing?”
“Same thing I used to do with your father, he doesn’t have any positions open at his firm though.”
“Well, I’m sure if dad put the word out to some of the other firms they would hire you up quick.” He shot her an encouraging smile.
“Oh he has, and I’ve had a few interviews, but i’ve been out of the working world for so long and so much has changed.”
“Keep at it mom, I’m sure you’ll find something soon.”
“Thank you sweetie.” She patted his hand. “So are you still seeing that girl you told us about?”
“Yea, sorta. It’s not really going anywhere so I think I’ll break it off soon.” He didn’t seem bothered by this at all.
“You’re young, you’ve got plenty of time.” His father reassured him.
They sat around the table for a while longer discussing politics and sports and movies. While Walter Jr. didn’t like to work on the weekends, he had a goal he wanted to hit. “Alright, I’ve got to get back, this company won’t go global by itself.”
“Oh it was so good to see you.” She squeezed her son tightly.
“You too ma.” He hugged her back.
“Don’t work too hard.” His dad clapped him on the back as he walked out the door.
Once in his car and back on the road he pondered his relationship with Sue and figured it would be better to leave her soon rather than later. No sense in stringing her along, surly she wouldn’t want to be treated like that, he knew he wouldn’t.
The weekend went by far too fast, and he had spent more time working than he had wanted. “Morning Barb.” He said, walking past her desk to his office.
“Sue’s in there boss.” Barbara, his assistant, notified him before he opened the door.
Sue was a very pretty, petite blond, in her late 20’s. She was smart and had a sharp wit, the sex they had wasn’t half bad either. However, someone can be the total package, but they still don’t do it for you. This is how Walter felt about Sue, he liked her, but knew he would never be in love with her.
“To what do I owe this visit?” He asked, trying to be cheery.
She just kinda stared blankly at him.
Her lip trembled a bit as she spoke. “My uh, my dad, had a. He had a stroke, late last night.” She was doing her best to keep it together.
“Oh my god. I’m so sorry.” He crossed the distance and hugged her. “Is he going to recover?”
“They don’t know yet, they’re saying it was a major one though, and if he does recover he won’t have the same quality of life.”
“Jeez Sue, I…I’m sorry. I wish there was something else I could say.”
“Thank you.” She softly sobbed into his chest.
“Why don’t you take the day off, there’s no reason for you to be here.”
“I’ll just sit at home and cry, at least here I am distracted.”
“I guess, yea.” Was all he could respond. “Well let me know if anything changes.”
She nodded her head, then left his office.
Walter’s day was like any other, he spent a good portion of it in meetings and answering emails. By the end of the day he was happy to get in his car and go home, on the way he called Sue to check in on her.
“Well, he’s woken up from the coma, but he has very limited mobility. Doctors say it’s going to be a long road to recovery.”
“Wow, well, let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
“I will. Thank you so much.”
Walter felt kinda shitty, he knew he was going to break up with her, but had to wait to do so. His week went along like this, lots of meetings, calls, and emails, and when he had the time he checked in on Sue. She called him every night, just to talk and take her mind off of her father if only for the length of the phone call. Tonight, Friday, was just like any other, Walter waited for Sue to call him and picked up his cell on the first ring. “Hey hun, how ya doin?”
“I don’t know, my mom is having difficulty taking care of my dad by herself. His insurance won’t cover a visiting nurse, only one of those ones that comes every couple of days. She’s a bit overwhelmed.”
“I could imagine.” He was certainly concerned, but found himself doing other things around his place while on the phone with her.
“I think I’m gonna have to move back in with my mom.”
“Wow, are you sure that’s the best choice?” He wasn’t trying to sound callous, but career wise this wouldn’t be good. Her parents lived in Texas, and they would have to fill her position as soon as she left.
“There’s really no other option, my mom can’t do it alone.”
He could hear defeat in her tone.
“I talked to HR and they said there’s part time data entry work for Operations that I could do remotely. It’s a demotion, but I can’t do my role remotely, and I’ll need the money.” She was trying to hold back the tears.
“Sue, I’m sorry. I can’t maltepe escort imagine what you’re going through.”
She powered through. “Next friday is my last day, I leave for Texas on Saturday.”
“Yea, I’m gonna rent a small truck and drive down.”
Walter was stunned, and counted himself lucky that she basically broke up with him and he didn’t have to do it. “Well, keep me updated on your fathers progress.”
“I will, thank you Walter. Bye.”
“Bye.” Just before she hung up the phone he could hear her break down and sob, pangs of guilt ran through him, but he had to remind himself that he was going to break up with her anyway.
The following day he walked into work, and was greeted by his secretary. “Hey boss man, I heard about Sue’s dad.”
“Yea, rough break huh?”
“We broke up last night too, shes moving to Texas to help her mom take care of her dad.”
“Oh I’m so sorry.”
“It’s okay, don’t tell anyone yet.”
Barbara pretended to lock up her lips and throw away the key.
Walter sat down at his desk, his rather large desk, solid wood and quite long. It had papers scattered over it, a monitor at one end, keyboard and mouse in front of him and a phone somewhere under the papers. Before he got his day started he decided to tidy up a bit, going through the papers and deeming most of them trash, the others he filed away in his drawer. Just as he finished up, in walked his secretary.
“Hey boss, gotta minute?”
Barbara was approaching her 70’s and had been with the company almost since its beginning. She was perhaps the sweetest person you could ever meet, on the short side with silver hair and a round face, and she made the best brownies you had ever tasted.
“Sure, what’s on your mind?” He plopped down in his high back chair and turned on his computer.
“Well, as you know. I’m old.” She cracked a sly smile.
“Oh Barbara, you’re far from old.” He knew she was fishing for that complement, as she always did. Part of her charm.
“I have decided to take my retirement.” She waited for his response.
He looked shocked and saddened. “Barbara, I hate to see you go.”
“I know, but my husband and I want to travel and spend more time with our grandkids.”
“I understand.” He nodded his head.
“But, I tell ya what. I’ll give you till the end of the month. I know finding a replacement for someone as great as me can be difficult.” With a laugh she stood up and walked out of the room.
Now, not only does he have to handle his day to day duties, he now has to find a suitable replacement for Barbara. She wasn’t just his secretary, she accompanied him while he was traveling to keep track of his schedule and make sure he was where he was supposed to be. Not just because he could pay someone to do that, but because he often had much bigger things to occupy his mind, like memorizing the many speeches he had to present. Along with that he met with plenty of other CEO’s and Barbara was amazing at remembering all their names and companies they worked for.
A buzz came through on his phone intercom from Barbara. “Yea?” He answered.
“Tomorrow I have a meeting set up with you and Laura from HR to discuss your needs for a new executive assistant. At 10.”
“You’re the best Barb, don’t know what I’m gonna do without you.”
“You’ll manage.” She said dryly.
Again, another day came and went for Walter; emails, phone calls, and meetings. He was all too happy to head home for the weekend and relax, on his way home he got a text from Sue.
Sue: Thanks again for everything. I love you.
Walter kind of cringed, they hadn’t been dating that long and never said I love you, he didn’t know how to respond. Waiting until he got home to respond, he sat at his kitchen counter and read her text over and over again. “What the fuck do I say to that!?” He said aloud to himself. Setting his phone down he went to the fridge and grabbed himself a beer. He finished it before even looking at the phone again, however it had been about twenty minutes since she sent it and he would have to respond. So he grabbed another beer and typed away.
Jr.: Love you, safe travels.
He cringed at his own response because it was so insincere, but hoped that it got the message across that they were done.
“Hi mom.” This time Tracy leapt fully into her son’s arms and squeezed him tight. “Hey pop.” He stuck out his hand to shake while his mother was still embracing him.
“All right Tracy, you’re gonna suffocate the boy.” Sr. joked.
Finally relenting her embrace. “I’m so proud of you! I saw your article in the Times!”
“Wasn’t my article, mom, it was just a small piece they wrote about Titan.”
“Yes but they mentioned you, said what a great job you were doing. I framed it.”
He looked at her in surprise.
“She did. It’s in the den.” Sr. chuckled as he half pointed in the direction.
“Mom, it’s not that big a deal.”
“It is so!” She set down a personal sized bacon and cheese quiche in front of him, and one for kartal escort her and her husband.
“Thanks ma.” He gave up trying to convince her otherwise. “Say dad, I saw you guys are representing that sanitation company. Tell me, what’s it like working for the mob?” He laughed as he dug his fork into the quiche.
“Jr. it’s a small sanitation company, they aren’t the mob.” He rolled his eyes, but knew his son was just making a joke.
“So mom, how’s the job hunt going?”
“Could be better, I’ve gone on more interviews but everyone says the same thing. More recent experience is needed.” She looked dejected. “Maybe i’ll just get a retail job or something.” Shrugging her shoulders.
“Well, there is an opening at Titan.” He offered casually.
“Really? What is it?” She perked right up.
“Executive assistant.” He put another bite of quiche into his mouth.
“Oh, I’ve never done anything like that.” She went back to being dejected.
“Nonsense!” Sr. boomed. “One in the same.”
Tracy looked at her husband. “Walter, I don’t think they need someone to look up precedents.”
“What did you do at dad’s firm?”
“Well, I answered the phones, filed papers with the court, made appointments, took notes for the attorneys. That kinda thing.”
“That’s exactly what an executive assistant does, minus the paper filing.” Jr. said in a reassuring tone.
“Oh.” She said surprised.
“The position has been open for two weeks and no one internally wants it, so we made it public.”
“I’ll think about it.” She said with a bright smile.
They all finished up their lunch and made conversation like they always do. Walter stayed a bit longer than usual, but before too long excused himself to return home and relax before the start of another work week.
“Humpday, eh boss.” Barbara sipped her coffee as she handed Walter his mug. “Your interview will be here in a half hour.”
“Okay, can you bring me their resume.” Sitting down at his desk he enjoyed his coffee, Barb knew exactly how he liked it. In front of him slid the resume, which had a very familiar name, he smiled seeing it.
“What’s that?” Barbara said.
He pointed at the resume. “It’s my mom.”
“Oh wouldn’t that be great!” She clasped her hands together.
Before he could even finish his coffee he heard his mother’s voice talking to Barb.
“Sir, your 9:30 is here.”
“Okay, show her in please.”
In walked his mother with a smirk on her face, and once the door was closed she spoke. “Why didn’t you tell me the position was for YOUR assistant.” If they weren’t in a business setting she would have playfully slapped him on the shoulder.
“I thought it was funnier this way.” He smirked back at her.
Once the interview was underway they were both professionals, him telling her the day to day responsibilities of the job and her telling him her qualifications.
“Well…” He looked over her resume again. “I like everything I see here.”
“So I’ve got the job, good, see you monday.” She joked.
“Well I’m sure I have a few more people to interview, you’ll hear from us by the end of the week.” He stood up and offered his hand, however he knew he was going to hire his mother, he just had to go through the motions.
“Thank you.” She smiled politely and exited the office, as she passed Barb’s desk she got a telling wink from her.
“See you monday.” Barb whispered.
Tracy grinned ear to ear as she left the building and for the first time in a while felt proud of herself. Not particularly because she was getting a job out of nepotism, but more because of the confidence she exhibited. Her other interviews went well, but she felt rather meek around the attorneys. Hoping on the subway she was at her husband’s law firm in no time. “Hi, I’m here to see Walter.” She said to the receptionist in the lobby.
“Sure thing, do you have an appointment?”
“No.” She answered plainly.
“Okay, let me see if he’s available.” The young girl called up to Walter’s assistant, and after about a minute of the phone just ringing, she hung up. “I’m sorry, his assistant isn’t picking up, he might be in court. Would you like to leave a message? I’ll be sure he gets it.”
“Can you call his line.” She said, slightly annoyed, and knowing that her husband wasn’t trying a case today.
“I’m sorry miss I can’t.”
“I’m his wife.” She said, in an even more annoyed tone.
“I’m sorry Mrs. Thurston, I could get into trouble.” The young girl was relatively new and was just following the protocol laid out to her.
“Fine.” Tracy turned her back to the young girl and pulled out her cell, calling him directly.
“Huh, yea, hello?” Walter Sr. said in a rushed tone.
“Hi honey, i’m downstairs.”
“Oh, how’d the interview go?”
“I was hoping I could come up and discuss it with you.”
“Of course.” Walter hung up with his wife and had his assistant call downstairs to allow her up.
Walking past his assistant’s desk Tracy noticed her cheeks were flushed, she just huffed and did her best to ignore it. She sat down on one of the large leather chairs placed on the other side of Walter’s desk and told him all about the job and that it was for their son. She spent the better part of a half hour detailing the ins and outs of the job before she left and caught a train back home.
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