Room for Improvement


By Marigold Blooms

Miriam turned, startled, and saw the man take hold of her arm. Dark charcoal bespoke suit, slicked back hair.

“Please come with me,” he said, pulling her discreetly to the side.

“What’s the problem, sir?”

“Regretfully, your club membership has been revoked.”

“How? I …”

“It’s all here,” he pointed a manicured finger. “Under the terms of your agreement. Article 10, Section 4, Member Standards. This fine print right here.”

“I’m confused? I’m certain I’ve followed all the rules!”

Security approached. “No, standards must be maintained. Auditors yesterday determined that you’re only a 4. Please surrender your card at the door.”


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