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Monday, 02 June
I Am Swiftly Punished

Lights up on SKOT, seated at his desk at work. He is puzzling over some BAFFLING HORSESHIT on his computer.

Skot: What a bunch of baffling horseshit.

An INTRUDING COWORKER enters.

Intruding Coworker: Hey, Skot? Got a minute?

S: Sure, come on in.

(As this is a cubicle, there is no "in" to come to, but the IC declines to point out Skot's demented fantasy of having a real office.)

IC: Thanks. We've pretty much got the site worked up in the test database, and we were wondering . . . *

Skot's Brain: I'd like a cigarette now.

IC: . . . anyway, the mockups for the tracking system have been coded and . . .

SB: Hey. Stupid. I want a cigarette.

IC: . . . because the site visit is coming and people are stressed . . .

SB: All right. Have it your way. Enjoy.

IC: . . . the database people are going to move it into production . . .

SKOT suddenly is blindsided by a massive sneeze, and barely gets his hand to his mouth in time to catch a large handful of warm, clingy snot.

IC: Wow! Bless you!

S: Thanks.

IC: Uh, anyway, like I said, once it gets into production, you'll want to . . .

SB: Yum! Yum! A big handful of mucus! Feels kind of squishy, doesn't it? Man, that stuff really sticks!

IC: . . . so I've been drinking before work a lot lately . . .

SB: Not much you can do with a couple ounces of snot in your hands, is there? Want to wipe it on your pants? No? And you don't want to get a tissue and wipe it off in front of this guy? Huh! Golly, what a dilemma!

IC: . . . I mean, a pistol's no good without bullets, you know? I don't even see them as people any more, really . . .

SB: You're probably really glad you didn't give me that cigarette, huh? Because now you can sit here while this guy babbles and do nothing but think about that little horror in your palm! That's almost as good as a cigarette!

IC: . . . a killing rain is a cleansing rain after all . . .

SB: Well, I'll let you get back to your office chat. Sounds like he's winding up. Enjoy your befouled hand! Think of that the next time I ask for something!

IC: . . . just like in Isaiah. So, sorry to ramble at you, man. So is Wednesday good for you for getting this done?

Skot: Yeah, no problem, man.

IC: Thanks.

(Exit INTRUDING COWORKER. SKOT sits, regarding his hand.)

Skot: Man, do I need a cigarette.

Blackout.

*All coworker dialogue is approximated for obvious reasons, and I don't generally understand what the hell they're talking about most of the time even in the best of circumstances.


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brill. iant.

Comment number: 000918   Posted by: beigy on June 3, 2003 01:18 AM from IP: 12.228.174.175

Next time shake his hand when he leaves.

Comment number: 000921   Posted by: Morgan on June 3, 2003 07:44 AM from IP: 64.50.124.126

You actually used the phrase "...a killing rain is a cleansing rain after all..." in a way that was absolutely histerical. Now my coworkers won't talk to me anymore.

Comment number: 000922   Posted by: KOTWF on June 3, 2003 08:52 AM from IP: 65.194.133.35

Man, the only thing that ever creates that much mucus for me is my pollen allergies... it'd be cool if my brain would do that just to be petty and vengeful....

Comment number: 000923   Posted by: Ryan Waddell on June 3, 2003 09:09 AM from IP: 206.47.252.98

A beautiful post.

Comment number: 000924   Posted by: Alex Steffen on June 3, 2003 10:23 AM from IP: 66.125.174.248

I like how your brain thinks, Skot. Cools.

Comment number: 000946   Posted by: Ivy on June 11, 2003 12:38 PM from IP: 159.134.129.9

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