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Excerpt from The Analyst

February 5, 2010

Tin Star – “Viva” from The Thrill Kisser
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Note: I tried looking for this record on Amazon, iTunes, and EMusic, and I found nothing, so get this any way you can.

“We’ve got to live,” thought Kelly as she paced down the office hallway. “We’ve got to live.” Earlier in the day she had never thought things would come to this. She was shocked and in denial when the order came down from her division’s director, but that seemed like a long time ago. The situation now called for a new perspective. After all, her managers always said that she had “learning agility.”

She had studied for her MBA in marketing and finance in order to have “transferable skills,” but at this point in her career, so did most of her competition. She knew that once she was out she was out, and out on the street it was a tooth and nail struggle, a survival of the fittest.

Her firm’s board of directors was hitting the CEO Alan Byrne hard for his executive compensation. At one point, that compensation may have been lavish, but now those millions were protecting his network of family and friends from poverty and the desperate masses. It was time for him to implement his own survival plan and show how he came to be the CEO. He drafted an order to be distributed through the company vice presidents and their directors. Through the legalese the message was clear: the street was coming to the boardroom….

Kelly froze halfway to the executive conference room.  She flashed back to her last debate meet in high school. Sitting in a cafeteria in someone else’s high school, Kelly was quaking in her seat. She would have fled that meet were it not for her muse. The hard dance rock that never seemed to catch on made her feel unique. The dirty bass made her feel confident. The tough posturing made her feel hard by proxy. Did she win that meet?

Today the band was dead, but she wouldn’t be. Kelly wouldn’t merely keep her job, but she would lead her team to victory under the banner of a forgotten artist. Kelly would run this company some day and her path would start with her first kill. She pulled out her battered old CD player and cued up track 4. Time to win or die trying.

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