Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To the Top

This is a six-sentence response to 3WW CLXXI. The words are epic, drain and nibble. I've cross-posted this to the 6S social site for comments over there.

I drink my beer and smile big as Steve, my boss, tells one of his epic tales of boating, fishing, drinking and womanising. I chuckle when required; scanning for waitresses bringing more beer or snacks. I drain my glass just in time for it to be replaced and nibble on what I've deduced is a battered, deep fried prawn. The price I pay for free alcohol and food is outrageous. Still, Steve's going all the way to the top, he says, and he's taking me with him. I dummy back to join the group behind me just in time to be served a dim-sim and laugh at one of the Accounts Manager's jokes.

Edit: "by glass" => "my glass".

8 comments:

Laurita said...

"The price I pay for free alcohol and food is outrageous."

This right here says it all. I liked this.

ThomG said...

Lots of truisms in this. To play along, that's a hard truth at the workplace. And you've captued it quite well.

Jantun said...

I can relate to the uneasiness of retreating an unwelcome conversation several times a day, I enjoyed the style that you captured this awkwardness, and very smooth use of the words!

Pia Savage said...

Guess we all pay a price for everything


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Ian said...

And we all know what sort of jokes Accounts Managers tell. Nice, Bernard - I remember this sort of event from my days as an office worker (shudder).

Bernard S. Jansen said...

Thanks all, for your comments.

Geoff maritz said...

You make an amusing fiction writer and in this piece have captured the ambiance perfectly. I can almost see the characters and situation. Great piece. Well done on the 6 sentences.

Dee Martin said...

Love the picture here. The main character in the scene, but also outside of it. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of the other attendees...