What Do You Do All Day, Daddy? #prompt #carrotranch #shortstory

This is Charli’s latest prompt, from the Carrot Ranch

July 27, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write an office story. It can be a setting, a place for intrigue or humor. How might an office differ from other spaces? You can compare and contrast, or create an unusual type of office. If you want, describe your ideal office space, or create a character who designs offices. Go where the prompt leads.

Offices can be Fun

‘This is my room.’

Paul stood back, wondering what Penny would say. She’d looked forward to Kids at Work but he feared she assumed the fact he spent hours here meant it must be exciting.

She clutched the hot chocolate (‘Cool. It’s really free?’) and sat at his desk. She tapped his computer. ‘What games do you play?’

He smiled. ‘I don’t. I read, I have meetings. I…’

‘What’s that?’

‘It’s a conference phone. It..’

‘Cool. Can I call Amla?’

Paul picked up his paper while his daughter conducted a seven way call. Offices can be fun, it seemed.

You can follow Mary, Paul and Penny’s story here

PS I’m not blogging; this is a prompt….

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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19 Responses to What Do You Do All Day, Daddy? #prompt #carrotranch #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    Of course you’re not blogging… this is my kinda break lol!!!

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    I can see your not blogging! Thank goodness for prompts!! 😎

    Liked by 1 person

  3. gordon759 says:

    Of course you are not blogging, you haven’t sat down and written something on you’re blog.

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  4. M. L. Kappa says:

    Yeah, yeah…

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  5. Jesska says:

    Anywhere that has free hot chocolate has to be bearable for a couple of hours….

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    Thank God there was this prompt coming up, Geoffle! Good to see you!

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  7. Ha-ha! Excellent way to spend your non-blogging time 🙂

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    Thank you for making an exception! I love the scene and can picture Penny chatting away on her conference call, infusing the office with fun.

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  10. Norah says:

    Of course you’re not blogging. I’ve read a few posts in my email and seen notification of a couple of others since your “taking a break” post! They’re phantoms too! But I do know what you mean.
    It is amazing how much fun offices (or other work spaces) can be, when you’re not the one doing the work. (Unless of course you’re not the one doing the work and your’re the one who’s meant to be doing the work!)

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  11. Great flash. Love the dialogue here. And the story continues.

    P.S. I’m not commenting; this is a robot.

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  12. Rowena says:

    Loved the flash, Geoff. My kids love going and seeing Geoff at work and where I used to work at the IT place, they’d set them up to play games.
    We had great fun with those conference calls when I worked as a market research interviewer at uni.
    Our supervisor would ring multiple people but just listen so they thought they were ringing each other.
    Great workplace!
    xx Ro

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