The Asshole and the Good Guy..

Alan J. Schwarz
5 min readJan 14, 2021

Marty Shaw was feeling ecstatic. He had the foresight to move his company to online sales and it had been paying off in bigger ways than he could have ever imagined. He manufactured children’s clothes and he was shocked when Amazon gave him a contract to supply clothing for them to sell, and things got better when Walmart did the same. His factory had been working at peak capacity and that was because he had modernized everything over the years, and three quarter of the work was done by robots. Marty’s Dad had always told him to get in front of the curve and he had listened.

Marty had a great team at the Factory, and due to Covid-19 he had arranged for only three people to work in his fifty thousand foot warehouse. They basically made sure there were no breakdowns with the robots. The best news was Marty’s partner Lisa was brilliant, and when Covid-19 was first reported she made sure to double the production lines, so they would have enough merchandise ready to go till the end of twenty twenty two.

She was already introducing new designs into the computer, so the company was in solidly good shape in every area.

Marty was thinking about how fortunate he was, when his dog Mustard, told him in a not to subtle way that he wanted to go for a walk. He stood in front of Marty and barked till Marty got up and headed for the door.

The walk was going along very nicely when Marty noticed people heading towards him. They were walking their dog and having a seriously loud argument. ‘’Fuck you Amber, it isn’t my fault I can’t work. I gave a lot of money for the bills when I was on jobs while you just sat around on your ass. I wish I would have never married you. Fuckin’ worst mistake in my life. Thirty fuckin’ years of misery.’’

Marty stopped across the street from them, he didn’t want to get involved but he didn’t like the sound of the argument and he was worried it might get violent. The couple noticed that Marty had stopped. The guy looked over at him. ‘’What’s your fuckin’ problem, mind your own business prick.’’

A chill went through Marty’s body, he knew the guy and he now recognized the woman. ‘’I just haven’t see you guys since High School and I wanted to say Hello. I’m sorry if I caught you at a bad time.’’



Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.