Icing on the Cake

Laid off“Well this is the icing on the cake,” Derrick said, tossing his smartphone on the couch.

“What now?” Sally asked.

“That was Dave,” Derrick said. “He works with me in the systems integration division.”

“So what did he say that got you so pissed off?” Sally asked.

“He said that the company is shuttering our division and we’re all getting severance packages,” Derrick said. “Seems that, with this goddam pandemic, the system integration division is not meeting its revenue targets.”

“So does that mean you’re out of a job?”

“Yeah, after twenty years of doing an exemplary job,” Derrick lamented, “and never once delivering a project late, my team and I are being ignobly tossed aside.”

“Well, I guess job security these days is life’s illusion,” Sally said.

Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix — Mad About Metaphors, where the metaphor is “this is the icing on the cake.” Also for Word of the Day Challenge (late), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (illusion).

9 thoughts on “Icing on the Cake

  1. amoralegria September 12, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Funny coincidence – I read this post while my husband was playing Joni Mitchell singing that song, a video from 1969!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 12, 2020 / 3:58 pm

      Ha! Timing is everything, right?


  2. Marleen September 12, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    Yeah… not cool. The version of the song is, though.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. leigha66 September 18, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    Way too many job casualties because of this pandemic. Well, way to many casualties period!

    Liked by 1 person

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