The Deadline

Dave, my manager, came over to my cubicle and asked me if I was going to complete the response to the proposal I was preparing on schedule. “It’s almost done, but there was one section where I had to reach out to a specialist and he hasn’t gotten back to me yet,” I admitted.

“Shit, Chris,” Dave said. “That’s not good. I told Dan we’d have it ready for him to review first thing tomorrow morning. I need to alert Dan that it might be late getting to his desk.”

“Don’t do that yet, Dave,” I pleaded. “I don’t need a stigma about missing deadlines hanging over my head. I’ll call that specialist I told you about and see if he can get me what I need from him before the end of today. Then I can finish it up from home tonight.”

“Well, you’d better hope he can,” Dave said. “Otherwise, call your wife and tell her to prepare turkey for dinner tonight.”

“Turkey? Why turkey?” I asked.

“Because then you can use the bird’s wishbone to wish that you don’t get fired tomorrow.


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily (proposal), My Vivid Blog (schedule), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (specialist), Your Daily Word Prompt (alert), Ragtag Daily Prompt (stigma), and Word of the Day Challenge (wishbone).

One thought on “The Deadline

  1. leigha66 November 24, 2021 / 12:12 pm

    I hope he got the information he needed and didn’t need to rely on turkey luck.

    Liked by 1 person

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