Company Culture

sunshine  ::  glass eye  ::  connection  ::  golden gate  ::  lisp

via Wednesday Write-in #44.

By the time the fussy buffet lunch cart has left the boardroom, the mid-day sunshine is pouring hot lava straight into Kate’s face. A million bits of dust (lint from the jackets of directors and partners past, she’s sure), float through the aether between the CEO of this week’s multi-national and the graduates frantically taking notes at the end. The arms of a post-lunch fatigue wrap around each and every one of them, pulling the timbre of their voices lower, the slant of their eyelids ever downer, as though in a sweet, deep prayer. Amen.

I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her – 

Mister CIO snorts with some indignity: his eyes are swiveling around in their sockets like lost marbles, blinking hard to regain consciousness. Kate reflexively smacks her hand over her phone with some degree of urgency. As the phone completes the second half of the parabola of its trajectory into madame COO’s glass of sparkling water (cherry chap-stick), Kate takes a split second picture of the message preview on the screen:

From: Julia

Just booked us in for hers-and-hers- bikini waxes!! I’m going to f…








10 thoughts on “Company Culture

  1. I really like the description of the sunlight on her face. You can see the room with the dust too, floating around. Good imagery.

  2. So many great uses of language. The drowsy part is well executed setting us up very well for the interruption. Liked the glimpse of msg, too!

    • Thanks! They’re characters who already exist in other stories and I’m trying to write a bigger piece with them so I keep imagining small little scenarios, just to get a bit more comfortable with their lives. Appreciate that!

    • No I understand – it was more a sketch that falls out of a storyline I already have sculpted. The context is stilted here because I haven’t taken the time with it as I did in the main arc of the story – I suppose the full appreciation of it rests on having read the main story (which nobody has yet so I don’t even know what I was thinking!) but thanks for your comment 🙂

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