“Time for the Christmas party, Mr. S” Scrooge heard his secretary’s smooth voice from the doorway. He did not look up.
“You mean that salmonella-fest pot luck the employees have every year, Patty? Well, they better be back in their cubicles at 1:00. I’m not paying anyone to sit around singing sappy songs and exchanging gifts. Nonsense.”
“Yes, sir. I e-mailed that reminder you dictated yesterday to all employees.”
“I suppose you are going?” he asked, finally looking up at his longest-tenured employee.
“Yes”, Patty said icily. “I’ll be back at 1:00.” She headed toward the cafeteria, where delicious aromas and raucous laughter spilled out each time the door was opened. Coworkers greeted her warmly and a plate appeared in her hand. Her Secret Santa gift was placed under the bedraggled tree in the corner.
Scrooge looked up from his spreadsheet, muttering about the cost of holiday pay. Why couldn’t this be one of those years when the holidays fell on the weekend? He sipped his coffee, which had grown cold. Damn, Patty was at that blasted party, he’d have to get his own warm-up.
He stood, then clutched his chest. Cold sweat beaded his forehead and ran down his neck. He fell back into his chair with a thud.
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I crazily agreed to participate in BlogFestivus again this year (I pooped out last year). I hope you’ll visit all these talented writers who are tossing out 200 word offerings during this year’s festivities.
Linda penning at linda vernon humor
Tom over at Shouts from the Abyss
Steve from Stevil
Maria-Christina blogging at MCWhispers
Dylan of Treatment of Visions
Sarah from Parent Your Business
Dawn blogging at Lingering Visions
K8edid from k8edid
Dave bringing it at 1pointperspective
Eileen from Not The Sword But The Pen
Lindsey at RewindRevise
Kandy of Kandy Talk
Sandra writing at In Love With Words
Natalie from So I Went Undercover
Jen at Blog It or Lose It
Amelie from In the Barberry
Cee Cee blogging at Cee Cee’s Blog
Ashley from LittleWonder2
BD writing Blogdramedy (this is me)