Napoleon Complex

“Welcome one and all,” the speaker said, “to this celebration to recognize a paragon of our business community. I’m excited to introduce the man you’ve all been waiting for.”

The speaker gestured to the side of the stage while the audience enthusiastically applauded. But the guest of honor did not take the stage. Finally, a man ran out and spoke to the speaker, who nervously cleared his throat and returned to the microphone.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” the speaker said, “I’m afraid that our main attraction won’t be able to be here in person today.” An audible gasp ran through the crowd. “But the good news is that we’re going to be able to leverage cloud technology to bring our guest of honor to you.”

With that, a giant screen descended from the back of the stage and suddenly the main attraction of the meeting appeared on it, a smug look all over his face.

The woman sitting to my left looked at me and said, “I’m surprised,” she said. “Even up there on that large screen he looks so diminutive.FFA19BB5-0374-49EA-8DD6-507624B9E51C“Well,” I responded, “in real life he’s a little bastard, a very small man, yet with a huge Napoleon complex. Behind his back, everyone despises him.”


Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: Word of the Day Challenge (celebration), Ragtag Daily Prompt (paragon), Jibber Jabber (business), Your Daily Word Prompt (afraid), The Daily Spur (cloud), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (diminutive).

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