Flash Fiction #175

Invisible Man

Copyright – Adam Ickes


….and that’s Ted.  For some unknown reason, he’s the boss’s favorite.

Scott Adams really makes the Dilbert cartoon seem like authentic office life, but Ted makes Wally appear organized and productive.  He’s a nice enough guy, but don’t ever count on him for anything, no matter what he promises.

Nobody’s ever seen him actually finish a project, and a four-person work team, with him, is really three-person.  His forte is coffee breaks….loonng ones.  Ah, this is your desk.  Welcome to our happy company.  If you have any questions or problems, Tina will help you, or just ask anyone – except Ted.



Yesterday, upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish that man would go away


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

20 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #175

  1. jillyfunnell says:

    Reminds me of the gals in Nine to Five making out the boss is still around (when they’ve hauled him up on a chain). I have worked with a few Teds. Never there but never goes away. Great post and I love that poem.


  2. H.E. ELLIS says:

    Ugh. I’ve worked with a Ted or two.


  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    Dilbert is my favorite cartoon!


  4. granonine says:

    I have a son who works in an office that he fervently believes is the inspiration for Dilbert 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      The larger the office, the more chance that it might have a Wally, or other denizen of a Dilbert strip. ‘They’ say that one in three office workers are crazy. Look at the ones on either side of you. If they’re okay.… it’s YOU 😉

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  5. Dale says:

    There’s a Ted in every office, isn’t there?


  6. Dahlia says:

    Here a Ted, there a Ted everywhere a Ted! I really wish one could develop a Ted-antidote 😀 Very well narrated 😀
    Loved the cartoon and the poem too.


  7. Dear Archon,

    I think we’ve all worked with, or rather, around and in spite of a Ted. Nicely done.




  8. lisarey1990 says:

    Loved all the elements of this. Great job.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m happy that you liked them. I read two newspapers a day, and still read crossword clues about comic strips that I’ve never seen. Rochelle had never heard of Dr. Who, so I thought it wise to include an illustration. The little old poem just seemed to bubble to the surface, and appeared to suit the story. 🙂

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  9. Violet Lentz says:

    Nice little trifecta you got running here today..


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