Martin stood in his local Sainsbury’s and stared at the noticeboard.
He worked in financial administration.
Every day he spent in the office managed to be worse than the day that preceded it.
At forty years old he still had a bully.
A grown man named Ian made his visits to the photocopier a living hell.
It was not the life he had imagined for himself.
It was not the life he wanted.
“What if instead of printing off a dull CV that’s skimmed over and then put in the bin, I bake my application?
Bake J. Sainsbury’s something so good he spaffs in his pants and makes me senior baker on the spot.
That’s outside the box, that’s exactly the sort of blue sky thinking Ian says I’m incapable of.”
So Martin baked.
He baked like he’d never baked before.
He baked to the theme from The Karate Kid.
He baked to the theme from Flashdance.
He baked like a forty year old man feverishly drawing from a shallow pool of cultural references.
Baking over he walked up to the customer service desk with more purpose than he’d ever exhibited in his life.
This was going to be the moment everything changed.
Martin had already sent a company-wide resignation email with a litany grievances against Ian, and evidence of what he believed was a coordinated campaign of indifference against his proposed charity bike ride.
Martin stood up tall, cleared his throat, and presented his pastry to Debbie at the customer services desk like he was a proud soldier on parade.
This was it.
This was the moment that, finally, everything would be coming up Martin.
He smiled, turned nonchalantly around, and walked away with his head held high.
Title: Stuffed Pairing: Chris/Darren Rating/Length: who cares Summary: I mean, it’s Thanksgiving, so…
“So who knocked you up?” Chris asks casually, staring again at the photo that popped up on his phone just five minutes ago. It had taken him that long to excuse himself from his chattering family and turn on his laptop in the privacy of a spare bedroom.
On the screen, Darren grins into the camera. “Considering I look about 10 weeks along…I’m gonna say it was you.”