Here is another late entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!
Copyright – John Nixon
– Shredded –
The mountains of paperwork had reached mammoth proportions.
Deluged by policies, amendments, white papers and term sheets, her desk had disappeared long ago.
There was a knock at her office door.
“Oh come in, do. Please tell me you’re my new assistant…”
The air hung heavy with expectation, desperation even.
The timid girl entered, hovering near the door.
“S-sorry,” she said, her voice barely above a whisper. She darted forward, placed a Perspex sign on top of one of the paper towers and left – quickly.
Clare picked up the sign and rolled her eyes.
“‘Head of Environmental Policy’ indeed,” she muttered.
Oh, the irony.
32 thoughts on “Shredded – Friday Fictioneers”
there’s a lot of paperwork required to save trees…isn’t there? 🙂
Indeed. I have to say, I use a huge amount of paper in my work, but my eyes just can’t cope with reading documents off the screen all day, 5 days a week! Thank goodness we recycle…
Maybe climate change will blow away all the papers. Very funny story!
Maybe! Thank you, Perry.
Excellent! Which reminds me…I’d better stop asking for paper receipts…and go with emails instead. At 65, it’s difficult to undo longstanding habits…especially when I’m hung up on security breaches. I should let go though…for the environment’s sake.
Oh yes, old habits die hard… and I was a little suspicious the first time Apple offered to email me my receipt from their handheld gizmo… all this new technology!
I’m from the paper generation and it is hard to change. This is a cute story – Thanks 🙂
It certainly is hard to change (I’m also paper led…).
Nice message and an original take on the prompt.
Thank you, Sandra.
That’s a no-win for all concerned. Best pack it in and go hiking.
Good idea 🙂
I’m sure she’s an avid recycler, darling. Plus, she goes on Facebook and “Likes” all those posts about saving the planet, so it all evens out.
Well, that must restore the balance then… 😉
lol ironic indeed! 🙂 funny.
Thank you, KZ.
Great little story. I love a bit of irony!
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Very funny, Freya! And bureaucracy is just as twisted as these trees, too.
Thank you, Amy. Yes, it certainly is…
Perhaps she can shred the sign and use it for mulch. 😉 Love your unique take on the prompt.
A good idea! Thank you 🙂
So sorry to come by late.. yes how we sacrifice threes to the paperwork.. and what a nomination…
No apologies necessary, Bjorn! I think she will drown under all the paper…
Freya, exquisite irony here and an excellent story.
Thank you so much, Janet.
Well written Freya, definitely very ironic.
Love the voice in this, the irony and desperation both so well done.
Thank you, Sarah Ann.
Irony…I love it! Nicely done.
Thank you! 🙂