Posts in category "Fiction Friday"

The holiday spirit flowed through me

I’m not a big fan of Christmas and the holiday season in general. All the pressure to be joyful seems pretty naive if you pay attention to the news. The world is shit, but for one month everyone is supposed to ignore that and hang up shiny decorations and buy presents no one needs. I’d... Read more »

A new coworker and an empty office on Christmas Eve

Using the empty office seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, I know that open work environments are all the rage and that they are supposed to be great for collaboration and stuff, but the lack of privacy is going to take some getting used to. Besides, all they have me doing... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf as a justification for murder?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, My distinguished colleague painted a harsh picture of my client as a Christmas villain worse than Scrooge and the Grinch combined, a lunatic who would kill someone for giving her a Christmas present she didn’t like. What my colleague failed to mention was the nature of that unwanted Christmas present. The gift (if... Read more »
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The final Black Friday sales

People used to live here. It was a nice neighborhood. Now it is ruins. There used to be a thing called Black Friday. On the day after Thanksgiving, stores would have big sales. Some stores opened super early in the morning with special early bird prices. People lined up outside the doors waiting to get... Read more »

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop
Santa’s Workshop has been a target of misogyny accusations and harassment claims largely surrounding the treatment of toy developer Missy d’Elf. Missy and her supporters have been threatened, and their personal information has been posted online. Many argue the harassment is more evidence of the notoriously anti-feminist culture in the toy-making industry. Opponents say the... Read more »

Imprecise

I’ve always been annoyed by imprecise people. Have I ever told you that? Pfft. I don’t understand why some people can’t seem to follow directions or show up somewhere when they say they will. I have no patience for exaggeration and hyperbole. Say what you mean and mean what you say. That’s my way. Being... Read more »
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A blatantly honest timesheet

A blatantly honest timesheet
Dear boss, I have some questions regading your message about the importance of accurate timesheets. I am trying to be more mindful in the reporting of my hours; unfortunately, I cannot find appropriate billing codes for many of my activities. Below is a breakdown of how I spent my 40 hours this week. Please advise as to how... Read more »

The Halloween Key

The Halloween Key
Trick-or-treating in Maggie’s neighborhood was regimented. No kid dared show up on a porch a moment before 6 pm or a second after 8 pm. All candy was nut-free. Most was chocolate with a few other options kept off to the side for anyone who was allergic (Lewis). The ritual always ended with a careful... Read more »

A short ghost story: My son is afraid of the dark

My son is afraid of the dark. He never used to be, but now every night he screams in fear. He complains of shadows, sounds. Ghosts. How does a three-year-old even know about ghosts? From some cartoon Halloween special I suppose. I try to comfort him. I lean down over his bed and whisper, “It’s... Read more »
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3 classic scary stories ruined by modern twists

What if some classic, short scary stories were given modern twists? I updated three short scary stories that are classics for campfires and slumber parties. First, I’ll list spoiler-filled reminders of the original scary stories. Of course, these classic spooky tales always change slightly depending who is telling them, but here are the general ideas:... Read more »