The Prankster

This post is in response to the ‘100 Word Challenge’ here, where there are also links to other responses. The phrase shown in bold is to be added to 100 more words.

On Pete’s bench lay a large envelope, unsealed. Several workmates knew that it contained a glossy photographic print of a picture he had taken himself. It was almost the end of the working day, and he went to the ‘gentlemen’s’ – two floors down. As he left us, Tony quickly removed the print from the envelope, then folded and creased the empty envelope neatly in half. He then unfolded it  and wrote at the top:

PHOTOGRAPHS – DO NOT BEND

then added across the middle:

OH YES THEY DO!

and replaced the print.

I really tried not to laugh when Pete came back. His face was a study…

This is a true story from my early working life. I have changed only the names of the persons referred to. The fellow I have named ‘Tony’ was an inveterate joker.

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7 Responses to The Prankster

  1. I’m so happy the envelope was empty! At the beginning I thought it had arrived like that courtesy of some post office comedian. Very well done.

  2. brudberg says:

    A pranks are dangerous. Dire consequences can follow from an office prank…. I recall a friend who had to rush nude through the offices after someone had taken his clothes, while he was showering. 🙂

  3. Love it, so pleased the envelope was empty x

  4. I can just picture his face ! Beautifully understated.

  5. Delft says:

    I feel ambivalent towards the story. As a joke it may be funny, as a prank it’s unkind. By signaling laughter at the end, you’re tacitly applauding the unkindness…

  6. ooh funny! but like delft says, as long as they didnt make him sweat for too long then its funny. i suppose. ooh i dont know now.

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