“I’m sorry Mason, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to terminate you. You just don’t have what it takes.”
Mason stared at the dank, dripping wall of the cave, in shock. It couldn’t possibly the last time he’d see the inside of this place. His job had been his life.
“But sir…” he began.
“I’m sorry,” Master Humpsmadinck repeated.
Mason stood. He stared at the man who had been his boss – his savior.
“You may as well just take the bicycle.” Master Humpsmadinck said.
Mason’s eyes went wide with disbelief. “Seriously? You’re going to let me just… take it?”
“You may as well,” Master glared at him through lowered eyebrows and his upper lip curled. “I can’t exactly use it now, can I?”
Mason thought of the Master, with his cape flying behind him, riding the bike and he let out a little giggle. He jumped when his superior slammed his palm down on the desk.
“I don’t understand what you thought you were doing!” Humpsmadinck’s face nearly glowed as his colour rose in his cheeks. Mason had never seen him this angry before.
“But sir… you told me to bring him back here.”
“Mason, how many times do I have to tell you? You DON’T carry a dead body on a ten speed!”
“But it was wrapped in a black garbage bag…”
“And that’s supposed to hide the fact that it’s a 200 pound dead man? What if the cops had followed you back here?”
“I didn’t think of that…”
“Exactly!” Master screamed, his voice cracking. “You don’t think! Now I’m going to have to reanimate the man you brought back here to do your job. Do you know how much work that is?”
“I can help you!” Mason said hopefully. He was genuinely shocked when Master began to laugh.
“You have to be joking! You? Help me reanimate a man you just brought back to the office in a garbage bag on a push bike? Puhlease!
“Get out of my sight.”
Mason’s jaw dropped. “That’s it? You’re just going to let me go?”
Master smiled. “That’s right. Thank you for reminding me. I said you would be terminated, didn’t I?” And with that he pulled a gun out of his desk drawer and shot Mason in the chest.