“Yes, this is the Beef-O-Rama. How may I help you?”
“Um okay. Yes, we have carry out. I think we can handle that. Sure thing. Thanks for calling. We’ll expect you at six o’clock. Goodbye.”
“Who was that?”
“What kind of customer?”
“A very big customer.”
“What did they want?”
“They wanted to know if our menu was okay for carry out.”
“You told them yes, right?”
“I sure did.”
“And they’ll be here at six o’clock.”
“That’s what they said.”
“Did they order something?”
“Yes, they ordered some steaks.”
“Steaks for carryout. I’m surprised.”
“Well, they said it was a special occasion.”
“I can believe that.”
“Well, I’d better get busy.”
“To get their order ready.”
“Wait it’s only one o’clock. What’s the rush?”
“I have to order the meat and potatoes and green beans and then start the prep for the grill. Then I need to hire about twenty people—”
“Hold on. What are you talking about?”
“Oh, I forgot to tell you.”
” The order is for a hundred steak dinners.”
“A-a hundred? Who was that the government?”
“Well, not really.”
“Our neighbor. They are throwing a party.”
“A party? Who for?”
“They didn’t say. I know who it is not for though.”
“You and I. Let’s get to work.”
My effort was:
I’m sorry to bother you, Boss
But I find myself at quite a loss,
This useless young whelp
That you sent me as ‘help’
Appears to do nothing but doss.
I showed her how she should prepare,
For the animals under our care,
Their daily repast
(it must be done fast)
But all she’ll do is stand and stare
She volunteered here at the zoo
To give herself something to do.
Yet when she should be working
She spends her time shirking
Or ‘doing her face’ in the loo.
First job of the day is the shopping
Then veggies and fruit all need chopping
Each of the species
Has different-sized pieces
(Can’t say much, herself is eavesdropping).
Can you please send me somebody new,
Who has some idea what they should do?
This one is so lazy
She’s driving me crazy
If not, then take my notice, too!
On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.
Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.