Been absent for far too long, so to break back into things, I’m jumping into Friday Fictioneers.  This week’s photo prompt and my 100 word tale.

Photo: Marie Gail Stratford

Photo: Marie Gail Stratford

“Well, what do you think?”

He eyed it, stood over it, but didn’t touch it. “It’s stripy.”

“Yeah, I thought it would spice up your office.”

A colourless shell and devoid of character. Every time she walked into the room, she’d wanted to re-decorate it.

There was a long pause. “I’m not sure about the zig-zag pattern.”

She snatched the mouse up and tossed it back in her handbag. “Fine. It was just an impulsive buy.”

A week later, she placed a mouse mat on her boss’s desk. He rejected that alteration with a, “Too spotty.”


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  1. There are some things that can’t be changed. Unlike your job, of course. Nice one.


  2. He sounds like a boss set in his dull ways.


  3. Funny, I found myself taking the boss’ side in this (I love it when you can go either way with a story). He may prefer a style she finds boring, but how rude for someone to just waltz in and try to change your office for you! I think he’s being very patient. 😉


  4. There’s a lot of attitude in that “fine”. I often express myself with a well placed “fine”. Glad to see your writing again.


  5. Ah.. I would gladly go with polka-dots, but I guess that’s why I’m not a boss.


  6. Nice one. Good to see you back.


  7. gahlearner · · Reply

    Even though he rejects the flashy, there is a good understanding between them. Maybe she can convince him with a lively colour, but a solid pattern. Great characters.


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