Iterations by S. J. Rozan
by Barb Goffman
From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)
Ray is among the hundred richest people in the world, and he’s bored. His friends have to work all day so he has no one to play with. And while he could set his friends up for life so that they wouldn’t have to work, he wouldn’t be friends with people who’d accept such a deal. Thus, bored. There’s nothing interesting about Ray’s work, either, to keep his attention, because no matter what happens, he’ll still be rich. Boo hoo. (Sorry, it’s a hard character to have empathy for.) Finally, Ray comes up with a way that he won’t be bored anymore, and everything is working great, until a blackmailer discovers his secret.