Office Supplies Destroy Her Life
Would you believe that all it took was a single pen to ruin a woman $250,000 prospects? Well it clearly did, as evidenced by this title. Sometimes the universe comes together and provides the perfect opportunity to take down a truly vicious person. That’s where Payton found himself in our story. He was an intern for the state senator’s office, and all he wanted was to make a good impression and find a future for himself in the world of politics. This could be his first big break, but all of his dreams were about to shatter when he came across the furious Kelly. He found himself in the perfect moment to let her have it and get the sweet karma that he so rightfully deserved. But would he seize the moment for himself, or let it pass by and continue his quiet, exceedingly polite ways? There’s only one way to find out, readers.
Poor Payton Had No Idea
Kelly and her action plan were about to be utterly demolished, and it would all come about by a quiet and unassuming staffer named Payton. Well, specifically, the demolishing would come from Payton’s pen. Payton was an intern for the state senator’s office, and he was beyond excited to be getting his foot in the door for what he dreamed of being an illustrious political career. Sure, most of his day involved doing some menial tasks and busy work for the higher-ups, but everyone needed to start somewhere, right? For some important context, Payton’s boss was the head of this fancy-schmancy Senate budget committee. Basically, this meant that people were always visiting to solicit the senator’s support for a grant or project, and Payton’s boss was the one to deal with them directly.
That’s where Kelly came in. She arrived, with blood-red lipstick and enough hairspray to make passersby choke for air. She was representing a local arts organization that was seeking a $250,000 grant. It would be no small task to convince Payton’s boss for the funding, but Kelly was vicious and refused to back down, like a frustrating little weed that wouldn’t quit. She arrived at the reception desk with a loud click of her heels, only to find Payton being the one to cover the front desk that day. Kelly asked the shy man for a pen. Now there were plenty of usable pens on the desk, all emblazoned with the senator’s name for the campaign she was running. Payton would later recall how Kelly, “Probably thought that meeting with a politician using a pen she’d obviously just taken looked bad. If that was the case, she was focused on a stupid detail that the Senator almost certainly didn’t care about.” But Kelly came up with another solution, one that would grow to be way too intense for Payton to handle.
Kelly Get A Nasty Idea
Kelly peered across Payton’s desk, only to find an expensive lapis pen that would do quite nicely. This was Payton’s favorite pen, and it actually was engraved with his name. It was a really fancy gift given to him by one of his college extracurriculars, and it was a precious reminder about the people back home who were rooting for Payton. Now at this point readers, you may be wondering how important some pen would be to this story. It turns out, this pen would be the start of Kelly’s satisfying and exuberant downfall. It will get wild. Before Payton can react, Kelly reaches out and snatches Payton’s pen away with a talon-like arm. She drops it in her purse, ignoring Payton’s complete shock at this breach of professionalism. He tried to respond in protest, to politely talk her out of whatever it was that she had planned. But Kelly’s response was far worse than Payton should ever have to encounter.
One Chance To Save Himself
Kelly looked back at Payton and gave him a withering look, as if he didn’t even deserve to be in her very presence. She didn’t have to impress Payton to secure her grant, so why bother? She merely throws an insult at Payton, one that Payton later recalls, “Was not sure was a reference to his heritage (Asian) or his perceived queerness.” Payton was deeply confused and upset. He wasn’t used to this sort of treatment in the real world, was this what he had to expect? Shouldn’t the bullies all have grown up and moved on by now? Payton had worked so hard in school to achieve this position. He was mortified of rocking the boat and having the rug pulled out from under him if he was fired for talking back. The only thing he felt like he could do was to sit back down and overthink everything, all while Kelly clipped over to the waiting area with her obnoxious high heels.
It only took a few minutes for the senator to arrive for her next meeting. She was effortlessly regal, and she seemed more like a Greek god than a state senator. Payton saw the senator walking over, and he put two and two together. He saw the way that Kelly stretched her unnerving grin over her face to greet the senator, the sudden attention that Kelly stood at. Kelly definitely wanted to impress this woman, and Payton found an opportunity to stop her in her tracks. It would be bold and audacious, but Payton was a human being, and he deserved to be treated like one! There was no way he would let this wretched woman stomp all over him in those tacky heels!
Once the senator was shaking hands with the vile Kelly, Payton took this as his chance from across the room to stand up and shout in a bold voice, “I’m going to need my pen back. I may be whatever slurs you want to call me, but that pen is precious to me. You stole it right off this desk, and I want it back!”
The senator and Kelly turned around in surprise. Kelly’s face turn as white as a sheet. Would the senator realize how evil this woman truly was? Was Kelly’s plan forever ruined?
Who Was Victorious?
The senator gasped in response, quickly ending the awkward tension. The senator exclaimed, “She stole your lapis pen? She called you a slur?!”
The senator turned to face Kelly, who was now frantically avoiding eye contact and rooting around in her purse, mumbling something about how she was just borrowing it. The senator commands her to give it back, and you don’t turn down a request from the senator. It is pretty clear now that Kelly will never get that grant from the senator, and she probably tarnished the name of that entire organization she showed up for. The senator returns the prized possession to Payton, and she tells him, “Come on back, I need you.”
The two of them turn and walk into her office, Payton in completely and utter amazement that this was really happening. Kelly is left to stand alone in the waiting room. The senator shuts the door loudly, sending a clear signal to Kelly that she was not wanted. The senator gives a knowing smile to the bashful Payton. She asks him, “Want some Starbucks?” to which Payton happily agrees. The two of them leave out of a side door to the shop across the street, not really caring where Kelly ended up after this whole ordeal. Luckily for them, they have a front row seat to watch Kelly in the office form across the street. Kelly just stood there in complete shock for about five minutes, only then realizing how poorly things would turn out from here. She would not be seeing the senator at all that day, or any day really. There was no hope left for Kelly and her maniacal ways. She crept out of the office, unfortunately having to walk by that very Starbucks to get to her car. She tried her best not to look in the window and make awkward eye contact with Payton and the senator, all while those victorious two were giggling over this evil woman. That was a really fateful meeting for Payton, where he got to learn a lot about the behind-the-scenes process for this field he was so passionate about. That passion definitely came across for the senator, who was able to provide excellent references and ensure Payton had a bright future ahead of him. Payton always recalled how that was the best coffee he ever had that day.
No Sympathy For The Wicked
It really did work out so well for Payton, who began to see himself differently after he stood up to such prejudice. After he finished the internship and graduated from college, he was able to secure a pretty excellent position in the state government. He is also happily married to a sweet guy that he met right after graduation. No word on what happened to Kelly, who probably spent a lot of her time afterwards trying to bad mouth a senator who did a whole lot of good for the state. Kelly must have been deeply bitter. Maybe an arts organization wasn’t the best place for a resentful, prejudiced woman to be working at? Whatever the case may be, she never bothered the senator or Payton ever again.
And that’s where we end our story! Did Payton make the right call in the end? Would there have been any other way that you would have responded to Kelly’s hateful words and actions? Hopefully you haven’t come across a Kelly in your life. But this story shows how the universe presents you with a way to get such satisfying karma every so often, and it’s up to you to achieve it for yourself and reap the rewards. Also, watch out for the people who visit local government offices, you never know how evil they’ll turn out to be!