Flash Fiction #170

Zor and Zam

PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior


A business meeting – the bane of office life, always scheduled for the least inopportune time of a roomful of busy people.

You could be on the phone or computer, actually achieving something, but had to massage egos to justify your budget.  Basically it was a ‘Mine’s bigger than yours’ contest.  There was always one guy who had to show how important he was, by missing it.  Some came late – “Did I miss anything?”  Some had to leave early – pity the poor executive secretary who had to co-ordinate all this.

What if the boss gave an office meeting…. and nobody came?


Click here to listen to The Monkees sing about two petty kings who tried to have a war, but nobody came.


If you’ve read Rochelle’s offering, (And if you haven’t already, you WILL, Right!) click here to listen to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tell the story of Bo Jangles.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

Friday Fictioneers

19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #170

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    My work seems to be filled with people sitting around at endless meetings. I often wonder do any of these people actually do any work.


  2. Dale says:

    Ask me if I miss office life. G’head, as me!
    NOOOO! Those days of endless, useless, time-sucking, resolve-nothing business meetings. Thing of my past. Gonna stay there. 😉
    Good one, Archon!


  3. lisarey1990 says:

    Very well-described.


  4. As bosses often say, it’s lonely at the top!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!


  5. granonine says:

    The temptation is overwhelming to skip it. Meetings are usually not very productive.


  6. When will the tireless meeting holders wise up and dispense with the arcane methods of communication? Never, I suspect. Nicely done.


  7. Dear Archon,

    There are so many things I love about retirement. 😉 Thank you for the nod to my story. Love the songs. Well played.




  8. jillyfunnell says:

    I love the fact that I never have to attend those soul-breaking meetings where people would re-explain to me what the boss had said to get kudos. The frustration comes across in your story. Trouble is, people almost always dutifully turn up.


    • Archon's Den says:

      They’re always arranged by someone higher up the corporate ladder – attend….or else. The wife missed a couple, so that she could keep up with her work load, then she got down-sized, and told that it was because she wasn’t a “team player!” 😦


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