#399. DOMINIC, THE HEAD-HUNTER! – A Flash Fiction

Dominic bowed his head to hide his face. This was the first time he had to hide his face, for he always stood in the forefront, leading his peers and setting an example of how fast one can grow in a corporate sector if he possessed the right mind, never losing his single-minded focus to achieve the target.

I come from a tribe of head-hunters, so I will never need a shrink“, Dominic never forgot to boast. He worked in a company that spearheaded the team of executives who sought and recruited potential employees who worked in the rival companies.

Persuasion is the main key and Dominic was the most sought after executive with his cent percent recruit record. Never had he ever failed to recruit someone, whom he had targeted to bring onboard.

Always planning his next move and new set of persuading tactics, his thought process was on so many levels that he gave himself a phobia of heights, many a times!

He was given a new assignment of recruiting a top executive, Sarah, who had positioned herself amongst the most powerful women executive of the decade. Dominic was sure that he would somehow be successful in getting her onboard. First things first, he was after her secretary to get an appointment. The task seemed herculean when even after three attempts, he failed to get a single appointment from her. Well, this was a first for him.

When every attempt of his was a failure, Dominic decided to catch her unaware by meeting her at her usual tennis practice on the weekend. His pride and successful career was at stake there, as it was a high-end deal he was expected to capture for his company.

He was waiting outside the tennis club patiently, as he wanted his approach to be more spontaneous. As Sarah came out of the club along with her secretary, Dominic was taken aback. He couldn’t believe his luck. Wasn’t she the Sarah, he knew from earlier?

‘The Sarah’ who was after him, waiting to catch his attention and laughing at every one of his silly jokes in college? But, Dominic was always too self-centered to notice the attention that came his way. Even when noticed, he basked in the glory of the uninterrupted attention she gave him, but never gave a second glance in her direction.

Cut to the present, having seen her almost after two decades in an enviable position took his breath away. Their eyes met. He couldn’t form a coherent sentence. He put random words in front of other random words to create a random sentence and somehow managed an introduction. Only when she smiled, he felt slightly relieved. He was glad to find that she didn’t hold any grudges against him. That’s what he comprehended when she spoke with him like old times, as if she was still besotted with him. She showed no air about her position and was so easy to talk to.

Everything went smoother than he had expected. At the end of the day, he got her word of signing for the new company and was on cloud nine. With this new acquisition, he would surely be promoted to the Senior Manager level.

He whistled on his way to his cabin, the next day, only to find his termination letter kept ready by the management. Dominic was given an ultimatum to pack his belongings and leave. Puzzled, he approached his senior only to be notified that Sarah had agreed for the job switch at the cost of his job termination. And Sarah’s account proved more valuable for the company and hence he was terminated with immediate effect.

Ah! She got her revenge’, Dominic bowed his head and tried hiding his face, when Sarah made a grand entry to sign her deal. ‘Don’t they say Karma bites hard!’, he thought grudgingly. Looked like time had come for him to visit a shrink!


For First Line Friday:November 20th

To begin the Fiction with “Dominic bowed his head to hide his face”

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #162

To use the sentences,

I come from a tribe of head-hunters, so I will never need a shrink”

“His thought process was on so many levels that he gave himself a phobia of heights.”

“Random words in front of other random words create a random sentence”

Published by Ramya Vivek

Formerly a Software professional, I have been a homemaker for a while. My life revolves around my two daughters. Having started writing only recently, I just discovered what I have been missing all along in my otherwise almost-perfect life. I want to create postive content inspiring minds across all age groups.

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