500 Word Short Story
The Wake-up Call
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

Samantha Gale was a party girl. A very rich and very beautiful party girl. She was also spoiled rotten. Her self centered shallow mind didn't think much beyond her selfish ambitions, and in that, she was very focused.

Her money came from her parents. A highly successful industrialist and his materialistic wife who excelled at the art of spending money on expensive and worthless things. Everything Samantha knew she learned from her parents.

Samantha's saving grace was that she understood numbers more than most. Certain people tended to overlook her shallow view of the world in order to gain access to her uncanny ability to choose favorable stock positions in undervalued companies just by glancing through their spreadsheet.

Samantha didn't realize she was being used. She thought it was just a parlor game that made her the center of attention.

The world began to change for Samantha on the day her parents were suddenly killed in a plane crash. Everything was left to her, but she had no clue about how to manage any of it. Her fathers private lawyer offered to handle the family fortune for her. She blindly agreed.

Within months she began to grow curious about just what her late father owned and at the suggestion of a good friend she sat down with her lawyer to go over the estate in detail. The lawyer didn't realize Samantha had a head for numbers so didn't try to explain the financial details of the companies she now owned.

When she asked for copies of the companies books he almost laughed out loud. He gave them to her and she spent the rest of the day going over them. What she found out shocked her.

The numbers didn't add up. She asked her good friend, who ran a successful company of her own, to come by. She had questions she knew her friend could answer.

That evening Samantha pointed out certain discrepancies in each of her companies finances. The two women concluded that all the books were being manipulated by her accountants, and her lawyer was skimming a healthy sum of money off the remaining profit before it was deposited into Samantha's bank account.

It was the wake-up call she needed. It was time to take hold of the reins of her empire before she lost the entire fortune to opportunists.

With the help of her good friend she hired honest companies to help her. Once everything was in place, she brought in lawyers who filed charges against the accountants and her lawyer.

She took pleasure in stopping by his office with two officers at her side. She personally handed him the warrant. He was speechless as the officers cuffed him. Samantha's smile spoke volumes.

Over time, Samantha went through a miraculous transformation. She dropped her self centered shallowness and her mothers spendthrift ways. She slowly took on more of her fathers business sense and grew her empire. She started several charitable organizations dedicated to helping people in need.

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