The Council Meeting

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Something’s surely gone awry
, Ben thought. Harvey was notably absent. It didn’t make sense. Harvey never missed such an important council meeting. He possessed such an eloquent and pithy way of expressing himself and Ben began to question whether the meeting should still be held without Harvey.

Yet in the end, Ben was bound and determined to go ahead with the plans, despite Harvey’s absence. He decided to call Gloria. She was an elegant woman who, due to her standing in the community, was best suited to stand in for Harvey under these circumstances. One could even say that she was the very definition of a political being. She always wore the right clothes, the finest perfume, the most exquisite jewelry. And she naturally seemed to know exactly what to say to get people to do her bidding. Unfortunately, she also had the reputation for being as venomous as a cobra.

Just as Ben picked up his phone to call Gloria to stand in for Harvey at the meeting, none other than Harvey, himself, walked into the assembly room. “Thank God you’re here,” Ben said. “I was about to call Gloria to take your place tonight. If she had come, though, I’m afraid our goose would have been cooked. She’s good, but we need someone of your stature and skills to make this happen.”

Well, I’m glad I could make it before the meeting started,” Harvey said. “I was a little late getting here because my wife made this cherry pie that insisted I bring with me tonight to share with the rest of the council members.”


Written for prompts from the Word of the Day Challenge, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, Your Daily Word Prompt, Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, Daily Addictions, and Scotts Daily Prompt. Also for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge.

Links to the prompt posts are in bold.

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