Lost in Translation

So this one was a little office humor, based on a twitter exchange where someone was trying to say “the projects are a shitshow”, but politely in office speak. This is my little version of that for this weeks six-sentence story prompt word of FLUID for girlontheedge’s challenge. Enjoy.


“The situation is rather fluid at the moment.”

Karen didn’t want to have to tell him what the fluid was though, because this whole thing was a disaster from the moment they accepted a contract for a material they were unable to build with, on a time-line that they would never be able to make, but when the client turned to her, she smiled and nodded along in agreement with her boss.

“We will keep you apprised of any changes.”

In exactly the same manner you did Mr. Biquell, three weeks after they were made, with no recourse, and with a handful of surface level apologies that are both necessary and entirely meant to stop you from throwing a tantrum in our office.

“Thank you for your understanding, we appreciate your ongoing business.”

Not that you understand, but we both realize that we are 2 years into this project, it would take longer for you to explain it to someone new and get them up to speed then it would for us to finish with the delays because of all your upgrades, so we are stuck with each other, and when we do deliver its going to be so good that you are going to come back for you next new idea, god help us both.

18 thoughts on “Lost in Translation

  1. This kinda reminds me of the little exchanges we have in our WP comments. 😉
    Do we ever write what we really think? 😦
    I try not to make too many comments — afraid I’ll say what I think.

    I think your story is terrific! Really do! Honest! 🙂

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  2. I love this pitch. it sounds so realistic: “it would take longer for you to explain it to someone new and get them up to speed then it would for us to finish with the delays because of all your upgrades, so we are stuck with each other”

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