A Quiet Life

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“Hey, Denton, you okay?”

“Is he dead?”

“Nah, look. His eye is twitching.”

“Anybody see what happened to Denton? Anybody? Hello? Anyone awake in here?”

“No point asking the cubicle crew—bunch of half-blind mice. You don’t think he’s doing drugs, do you?”

“Nope. He can’t stand the stuff. Besides he says intoxication is acutely dangerous for anyone around him.”

“Really? Denton? I don’t think I’ve heard him even raise his voice since I started in February.”

“Denton. Denton. Hello. Anyone home. Shoot, well yeah, I guess you never met old Denton. He quieted down a little before you got here, stopped…you know, stopped everything.”

“Everything? Wait, did he try and talk just then?”

“Mmm, no, I think that was a burp or a hiccup maybe. And yeah, everything—yelling, swearing, gossiping, throwing stuff, hitting the computer, upending the water cooler…all the stuff.”

“Oh, that’s not good. He’s been stuffing for what… ten months now? Every bit of rage.”

“Sounds bad.”

“Hell yeah.”

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    This is a really nice take on the challenge! Great original idea, and a neat little moment of water-cooler conversation.

  2. Avatar JonB

    Hilarious, I love it. He should definitely never have given up upending the water cooler – everyone’s gotta have a release.

  3. Avatar 32 ^2

    I love the fact that I don’t know exactly what the main issue is. I feel Denton’s resolution was to quit drinking alcohol or to quit partaking in the water cooler conversations. No matter, the back-and-forth is great, kind of has a Madmen feel to it.

  4. Avatar Ranger

    Interesting conversation. Without knowing the challenge I don’t want to comment too much on it as a whole, however it was a gripping read. I’d have liked to have seen a couple bit when one overrides the other. It’s rare that you have a conversation where everyone participating patiently waits for their turn to speak. Especially if something is a surprise. But I really liked it

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