Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Damn, I Hope That Desk Works!


"I really like that desk," said the customer to Tom, who worked the Fifth Street shop on Thursdays.

"Yes, it's one of our finest antiques, sir," Tom replied.

"Y'know, I feel like just sitting at the desk would help me to write better."

"Now, sir" laughed Tom, "the desk comes with no guarantee that you'll write better."

"Well, who knows?  I'll take it."

"As you wish, sir," said Tom,  quite pleased to have made the sale and earned a small commission.

"Now lemme see," said the  man.  "When in the course of human peoples doing all kinds of neat stuff, it becomes cool for them to boot out the king ..... damn, I hope that desk works!"

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Apparently the desk worked. 

Of course, the other Friday Fictioneers need no such desk other than as the subject of their stories, which are available by clicking here.

Let's just re-title this story "A Tale of Two Toms."

29 comments:

  1. Perry, Look in one of the drawers as my first comment might be there. Here's a second one. Wow! That desk really outdid itself. Funny, creative, and well-written piece as usual. :) ---Susan

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    1. When in the course of human events, I sure appreciate your comments, Susan!

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  2. I think that desk used to belong to E L James. Sure of it, in fact... Nice one Perry.

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    1. I didn't know E.L. James wrote the Declaration of Independence. Always a learning experience here at the Friday Fictioneers!

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  3. Dear Perry,

    Good luck with that desk thing. I find that holding my tongue a certain way and thinking about Louisa May Alcott helps my writing.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Ha.. I guess there might be some pussy action in a tale of two toms... :-)

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    1. I think maybe not this time around ....

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  5. Ah yes, the inspiring desk. Bound to work. Maybe that's my problem - I write on a laptop on my lap!

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    1. I don't think you need the desk, but I'll pay any price!

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  6. When in the course of human peoples doing all kinds of neat stuff - nice way to put that. Long live the King! Oops. Another great story, Perry. Alicia

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    1. Y'know, maybe it was better the first way, Alicia. Who needs the damn desk?

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  7. so the desk will bring him his own declaration.of independence... long live the new state of mind...
    Randy

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    1. History does not tell us of any other declaration of independence, and certainly not of Jefferson's slaves. Too bad the new state of mind didn't bring him some further enlightenment.

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  8. Never in the course of human conflict was ... a smart desk needed so badly! Good story, as always!

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    1. I think you just coined a new term --- smart desk! You and me is going into business.

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  9. Why not invite Mr. Thumb and have three Toms the fun?

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    1. I would, but I'd rather invite the Doublemint Twwins and have two mints, two mints,, two mints in one!

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  10. I agree with Rochelle that holding one's tongue a certain way does help the creative process.

    Funny piece this week, temporal anomalies not withstanding.

    Cheers!
    MG

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  11. Can you locate the desk maker. Many needed nowadays.

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  12. His story sure is neat, Perry. In the course of my response, I wish to tell you that I loved your story. I think the desk does wonders. Always a great read, Perry. Thanks.

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  13. Oh yes- the Desk! there are so many varieties now a days... there are "Smart" ones and then there are those "Auto" ones :)

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  14. Funny how a piece of furniture can be so inspiring. I wish my desk inspired me to dust it.
    ;-)

    Wonderful use of the prompt. Well done!

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  15. I'm sure if we looked through Charles Dickens' wastebasket, we'd see the original drafts of the opening pages of A Tale Of Two Cities: "When life is good, it's very, very, good. When life is bad, it's lousy." Go, Perry! Good stuff.

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  16. Perry - you are just TOO COOL! Funny take and love the story! Nan :)

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  17. I’m feeling very thankful for that desk. Lol

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