Winner! Daily Flash Fiction 11-21-22 W/C 298
Peggy kept pecking at keys, but nothing appeared on her screen.
“The computer is broken!” She finally declared as if defeated in battle.
“Are you sure? It’s pretty new.” I sat in the cubicle next to her and was the constant recipient of all her complaints.
“For pity sake, George, I’ve been trying to get a page done for hours. I hit a key. Nothing! I reboot the computer. Nothing!”
I could hear her pounding the keys, her loud sighs.
I rolled my chair to her cube. “Tell you what, why don’t you take a break. Go outside, take a walk around. Smell the fresh air, listen to the birds. I’ll take a look at this computer.”
“Really? Oh thanks.” And off she flew.
About an hour later Peggy came flying back to her cube nest. I was still at work.
“You really broke it, Peg. I can’t get it to work either.”
“I think I know the problem.” Out of her pocket came a small flash drive.
“Are you kidding? I’ve been goofing around here for an hour, and all I needed was that bloody thumb drive?”
Her guilty grin came with an apology. “Yeah, well sorry. I forgot Henry gave me this yesterday. It’s the key to the project.”
“Huh. Good thing you remembered before we trashed your machine.”
“Oh, I didn’t remember. A little birdie told me.” She settled into her seat, inserted the drive then happily started working, with a little whistle.
“Right. Okay, I’ve got to do my own work. Good luck.”
The rest of the day I heard that birdie sing, little whistles from the other side of the cubicle.
At quitting time I rolled over to check on Peggy, but she’d already left. Lying on her chair was a feather. Curious.