Telling stories: Unwanted surplus

I’m delighted that one of my readers responded to my foray into the word of 100-word fiction on vaguely accountant-y subjects with a story of his own.  This guest post comes from The Church of the Dead Dad.

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Unwanted surplus

The previous day, everything had been fine. Then, abruptly, accounts no longer balanced. Statements of financial position suddenly had more assets than liabilities. Profit stopped being the link from one period to the next. Control accounts failed, cash flow statements didn’t add up and cash books couldn’t be reconciled.

Some said it was due to immigration. But it was a global phenomenon. Others blamed aliens, or credits somehow escaping into space. Attempts to bridge the gaps with emergency journal entries failed.

Accountants sighed. This was the post-Pacioli era and it wasn’t going to be easy.

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