Johnny sat in a bare gray cubicle, hunched over a dull black keyboard, fingers whipping the keys filling in one form after another. It was a bore, but it was a bore that he was good at. Most of the time. But most of the time, the office was quiet. He could think in the quiet. The office was not quiet today.
He cursed under his breath at yet another mistake, backspaced to fix the error, and moved on to the next blank where an i appeared in the space that should have had an o. He cursed again, louder this time. Backspaced. Drew in a deep calming breath, fixed the typo and moved on.
No one heard him. They were singing. Singing that horrible birthday song that everyone and their mother seemed to love, and having cake or some nonsense like that. Whatever they were doing, they were causing quite the kerfuffle and killing his concentration. There was no way for him to work like this.
It was all he could do to stay at his cubicle. Fist clenched, he stood staring over the rows of cubicles, to see Stacy was the object of the fuss. She was everything he wasn’t. Popular and pretty, she had the office wrapped around her little finger.
And why was that? She wasn’t good at her job. Not like he was. He always met his deadlines, always showed up on time, and never took a sick day. He also never got a cake or an office birthday party.
Unappreciated was the only thing he ever got. There was no shortage of that.
The fact that no one was working seemed lost on everyone. Everyone but Johnny. Even the boss was over there, cutting the cake of all things. All this nonsense had to stop. Johnny would never get his work done like this.
Johnny stood, then sat back down slowly, placed his forehead on the desk and drew several deep breaths trying to calm himself. Surely they would quiet down soon. They had better quiet down soon.
Short Tuesday is a little something I try to do on Tuesdays! Sorry, couldn’t help it. Anyway, I take a word, a word like kerfuffle and try my best to write a short story with it. The words typically come from Dictionary.com’s word of the day e-mails that show up in my inbox every morning around 8:12am, but aren’t limited to them.
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