After a few weeks away from #fridayflash I’m back with a short flash inspired by Icy Sedgwick’s photo prompt, (although I deviated a bit from her title). If you haven’t discovered the delights of Icy’s writing, I’d recommend a quick peek at her blog.
Please feel at liberty to post your constructive comments, and I’ll try to do the same for you.
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And now for the story…
During his two years at the company, Gerry’s principal satisfaction lay in collecting the subject headers from the daily office memos which arrived in his inbox. They were invariably more intriguing than the content of the memos themselves. He had taken to printing them and carefully cutting out the bold type from the top, which he then placed artistically on his cubicle divider with blu tack.
Recent favourites which held prominent positions at eye level included:
‘INAPPROPRIATE CASCADING OF SECURE DATA STREAMS’, ‘BLUE SKY THINKING FOR CLOUDY DAYS’, and ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T: EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE.’
He’d had a scare about three months earlier when the subject box read ‘HOT DESKING TRIAL.’ Gerry had been forced to depersonalise his work space according to the new company policy. He was wise enough to take the precaution of carefully placing his collection of memo headers in a box file; when the trial ended in failure after only two weeks he was able to quickly replace them, only this time in an infinitely more interesting helix pattern.
The memo which had arrived this morning merited immediate consecration: ‘SCORCHED EARTH DISCIPLINARY POLICY.’ The subject’s intriguing mix of gravitas and mystery promised much; Gerry, however, knew from experience that the attached memo was unlikely to live up to its billing, so he deposited it unread in the waste bin having first cut out and saved the title.
He was deciding where to place it when Bob from Procurement appeared.
‘Did you get the memo?’
‘Yeah,’ said Gerry, ‘classic.’
‘What’s it about, do you think?’
Bob raised his unruly eyebrows.
‘Sounds like someone’s been a naughty boy.’
Gerry waited until Bob had slouched back to his desk before retrieving the memo.
“Inappropriate behaviour is causing the lawn by the external employee rest area to scorch and die. If this does not cease immediately, necessary disciplinary action will follow in accordance with company policy”.
Gerry ripped the newly-placed memo header from the cubicle screen and tore it into pieces. How the hell was he going to fit two cigarettes and a piss into his break now? Personally, he’d been impressed with his time-saving multi-tasking and had been trying to find a way of working it into his already impressive CV.
© flyingscribbler 2012