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.


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.


Telling stories: Appraisal

It’s National Storytelling Week so one of the writers on my team has challenged us all to write a 100-word story on a subject loosely related to our workplace.  This is my first attempt.



The manager prepared meticulously. Her introductory monologue well-rehearsed, she was sure of saying the same things to everyone.

“We want our appraisals to be as fair as possible.  They are based on ‘competencies’. That means I evaluate objective evidence of your behaviour, rather than forming subjective opinions.”

She researched in advance. It had been dark when she’d pressed the audit partner for views of the in-charge.

“She has…” he turned away, eyes drawn to light outside, “… a beautiful face.” He tasted the words as they formed.

Now, impassive, behind the desk, she began “You have not met expectations.”

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