SORRY, BUT I NEEDED MY COFFEE

WEDNESDAY 15th JULY 2020 

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.

Which can be found by following the link below..

SORRY,  BUT I NEEDED MY COFFEE

by John Yeo

   The sedate silence in the office was broken by occasional hushed voices making calls or taking part in video conferencing. Mary was munching on a chocolate bar enjoying an impromptu break, when Harold suddenly appeared alongside her desk. ‘How’s the project coming along Mary?’

    Mary shrugged and replied, ‘Not good, the pressure is intense as they keep moving the deadline’

   Harold made some sympathetic noises and asked, ‘How would you like it if I brought you a nice cup of coffee from the brand new machine the bosses have installed in the kitchen?’

    Mary smiled appreciatively and said  ’Ooh Thanks Harold! That would be lovely. My treat this time.’ Opening her purse she tipped a pile of change onto her desk.

 Harold swept up the change and went off to fetch the beverages.

 Suddenly the hushed silence in the office was shattered with some loud banging noises accompanied by loud expletives emanating from the office kitchen.

 My Saunders the office manager dashed into the kitchen to find Harold kicking and banging the brand new machine and shouting loudly.

  ‘Harold, what’s going on here? You are making an incredible racket and disturbing everyone.’

  ‘Sorry Mr Saunders, this damnable excuse for a coffee machine has taken my money without delivering any coffee.’

    ‘Harold that’s not the sort of behaviour we appreciate in this office. I’d like a word with you in private.’

    ‘OK, Mr Saunders, I’m sorry but I needed my coffee.’

   ‘Harold! How much do you need your job?’

© Written by John Yeo