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A Bed of Roses
by L. Caplan-Carbin

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I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I'd like to call it a day already after only one hour. I'm nearly down for the count and don't want to wait for the other shoe to drop. I think I might become a loose cannon at the drop of a hat.

I've got a score to settle and I'm not going to turn tail and jump ship, even though I smell a rat. No sir, there's going to be a showdown alright and we're going to slug it out. We've been rattling our sabers for a while and it's finally time to ratchet up the rhetoric and have it out. I'm not going to pull any punches this time. I've sworn not to knuckle under any more. I'm going to let it all hang out.

Besides, I know plenty of like-minded people, who don't walk in lockstep with guys like that. Good people always go to bat for you in a pinch. They wouldn't just go around glad-handing to make connections and then leave you high and dry when the chips are down. No, these guys are down to earth people with a lot on the ball. They know how to run a tight ship.

I don't have to stay here; I've got other places to go, people to see, and fish to fry. I've been thinking about it long enough; now it's time to fish or cut bait. I want to call my own tune from now on.

On the other hand, if I left my stomping ground I would feel like a fish out of water. This place is no bed of roses but I hate to throw all this time down the drain. I also get a pretty penny around here and I'd hate to shoot myself in the foot over a penny ante problem. I'll just have to downplay the whole thing and not tear my hair out every time they paper over the problems.

Yes, this is still my neck of the woods and I'm not going to rock the boat. No sense in making waves right now. It would probably just sound like sour grapes anyway (by vasilis). I'll just have to slug it out here, so one day I'll be able to turn the tables and start calling the shots.


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