Interstellar Adventures

August 31, 2005

Tales from the Office, Series #82048

Filed under: Writing — by InterstellarLass @ 11:30 am

She was sitting at her desk, reading email and browsing bone-dry project documentation. Nearby sat two, plain, white Styrofoam cups. Standard corporate-issue, Recyclable #6. In one cup, coffee. In the other, granola. For the last hour, she’d been sipping coffee and pouring granola in her hand, then popping it in her mouth, quelling the munchies that had overtaken her while waiting for the lunch hour to arrive. One cup sat to her right on the cool, grey industrial desk. The other cup sat to her left, in front of papers waiting to be filed away. It was a seemingly normal workday scene.

Suddenly, tragedy struck. She absent-mindedly reached for the granola cup, keeping her eyes fixed on the LCD screen, reading the latest important dispatch from HQ. Her slender, tanned fingers wrapped themselves around the polystyrene cylinder, lifted the vessel, and tilted it toward her cupped palm. But, instead of the coarse, dry oats and honey mixture she expected in her hand, she felt lukewarm, sticky liquid pouring over her appendages. The caffeinated nectar ran off her hand, slowly spreading across her desk, and onto her laptop. She jumped quickly, muttering reproachful words to herself. Yanking open the cold, metal desk drawer that contained pens, paperclips and other miscellaneous items, including napkins from lunchtimes gone by, she pulled out the absorbent paper, formerly known as trees, to staunch the spread of the creamy brown coffee.

Only the very edge of the laptop base had received a dousing of the creamy brown liquid. She lifted the base, mounded napkin after napkin, and watched as they sucked up the bane of electronic devices everywhere. She silently prayed that none of the beverage had run into the protective plastic casing. After the last drip had dried, she proceeded to test the machine to make sure that normal functions were still present. As she typed, the words came out sdrawkcab. With mounting dread in her heart, she crossed her fingers and rebooted the system. As the familiar black screen with the wavering four-color flag appeared in front of her, she waited for and received the blue blinking screen, followed by the login dialog prompt. She typed in her password, pressed ‘Login’, and was rewarded for her patience and prayers with a functioning desktop.


  1. That was terrific!!

    I so saw that coming though. Glad the coffee wasn’t HOT! Look forward to more Tales from the Office 🙂

    Comment by Bone — August 31, 2005 @ 11:37 am |Reply

  2. Oh, WHEW! That was tempting fate from the very start!

    You don’t work at a nuclear plant, do you?

    Comment by abbynormal — August 31, 2005 @ 1:42 pm |Reply

  3. It sounds like my office!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — August 31, 2005 @ 1:48 pm |Reply

  4. My keyboard has splotches where habanero sauce landed — but it still functions. 😉

    Comment by FTS — August 31, 2005 @ 1:59 pm |Reply

  5. I’d say that was a bad hair day moment in the office.

    I’ve done that and had to find a new keyboard as the keys didn’t stop typing in gobbledeegook!

    happens to the best of us eh 😉

    Comment by Goldiemowling — September 1, 2005 @ 7:49 am |Reply

  6. I swear I don’t eat at my desk that much but I’m always surprised by the amount of junk that comes out when I finally get around to cleaning out my keyboard. I’ve been fortunate with the liquids.

    Comment by Carnealian — September 1, 2005 @ 12:35 pm |Reply

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