"Dog Eat Dog" by Joy Meehan

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Lovejoybr - Thanks for the additional information. I always enjoy reading about the "story behind the story". I didn't find Pam overly sympathetic. She was a realistic character who was ambitious and self-centered.
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Thank you again for all these positive comments about my story. Y'all make my heart sing!!!

So, in this story, Pam represents anger and hate - that much is obvious. Taking from the quote "the greatest of these is love", I thought the best way to fight anger and hate was with love. So, when choosing the names of Pam's team, I made sure that the first letter of their names, as well as the order in which their names appear in the story, spell L-O-V-E: (Louise, Odelia, Victor and Elaine).

And, love is what wins in the end.

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OMG. I NEVER would have figured that out! But I love it!

:-) :-) :-)

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zeldas_lullaby wrote:OMG. I NEVER would have figured that out! But I love it!

:-) :-) :-)
Thank you!! :D

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All I can say is "wow"! The author chose an unexpected setting for her theme of hate and revenge. I think many of us have been in similar situations with a tyrannical boss, or co-worker that seems to be determined to make everyone's job a living nightmare. I was surprised by Elaine's role in the drama. While she did get revenge for her work team, she was also there under false pretenses and wasn't a pure heroine.

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You're welcome!

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I really enjoyed this story, the second in "Holding Fire." I really loved the idea of Pam. It is interesting that the author decided to give such a sympathic, but realistic background for Pam so that you could see where she was coming from. I thought the writing delivered a kind of one-two punch. The rise of a character and the inevitable fall of that same character is intriguing reading. Great revenge story. Maybe others would feel sorry for the character, but I loved every minute of it and I did not feel an ounce of sympathy for that character. :!: :!: :o
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Well, it was a fun ride for me.
I agree with you the story throw you off balance in a good way, it keeps your attention until the end .

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I had traumatizing images of previous corporate jobs while reading this short story. I had a boss like Pam and man do I wish I could have done what Elaine was able to do to Pam. I enjoyed the story and told from both perspectives. I did not find Pam more sympathetic after learning her back story, but I did understand her more, which did add an additional layer to the overall story.
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Interesting story. I enjoyed the characters. Pam was awesome at being Bad! Wanted to read more about Pam! Wanted the story to go one longer! Was there any hope for Pam? Elaine jumped the gun too early for me. Again, the story made me want more! It was a short story! Great job Joy!

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Thanks all! I'm glad you could all relate. The characters and situation became real in my head and getting them on paper was liberating.

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It's amazing how many of us can relate to this one!!

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Overall it is a good story. You don't find easily stories that take place in an work environment and I find it interesting. I agree that the author has a good writing style, very descriptive and humorous.
What i did not like is the use of Elaine's boyfriend as a deus ex machina. He is not part of the story or the office and he calls the boss at one o'clock in the morning. I would prefer a more "collective victory" from Louise, Odelia, Victor and Elaine (LOVE). This would give more power to the symbolism (Love wins over anger and hate)
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I think this was an amazing example of the theme holding fire. Pam definitely hurt herself by her actions.
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This one was another favorite. It was witty and I really liked that we got both perspectives of Elaine and Pam. I agree with zeldas_lullaby, the description of Pam was great and very much spot on with how she was perceived.

I am curious also. I didn't pick up on any symbolism in the characters names.
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