Quote for the day

What things there are to write, if one could only write them!  My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings.  But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach. 

~Logan Pearsall Smith

Writing Prompt: Fire and Rain

We stood listening to the high-pitched noise of the fire alarm. When it first went off, everyone at the office froze. I could tell we were all thinking the same thing. Is it just the weekly drill or do we have to go through the bother of getting our coats and marching down the stairs to the pavement outside? We looked at each other, waiting to see who’d move first and then finally, as if understanding penetrated all of us at once, we gathered our things.

As I stood out there, I thought it might be an April Fool’s trick gone wrong. It was typical that at the precise moment that the rain fell hardest this morning, the alarm went and we stood there outside Brown’s with only three or four umbrellas among about twenty-five of us.

It got me thinking about some of the juvenile, if not amusing, tricks I’d seen over the years. Today, Lisa, our office manager changed the letters on Paul’s (our PPC manager) keyboard to read “sad” instead of “asd”. I’m wondering how long he’ll type before he spots that one.

In High School, a couple of us stuck “Out of Order” signs on all of the stalls in the girl’s toilets except one, just before the lunch break and over 1,000 students were let out of class. Childish, I know, but basically harmless.

Have you been at the receiving end of a prank? Have you ever orchestrated one? Do tell and don’t spare the embarrassing details!

Enjoy April Fool’s Day.  😉

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