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It’s another Six Sentence Sunday, which means yet another six from that novel that appears to be inching out of its drawer . . .
Clyota, having survived the commute and a Staff debriefing has just been granted paid leave until the Press frenzy dies down. As you might expect, the news doesn’t go over well with our resident workaholic:
Without work to keep me busy, what on earth was I going to do? Avoiding the Press wasn’t going to take all my time.
“Ma’am, I have several research projects to complete; couldn’t I simply stay out of the public areas and—”
“Counter-indicated at this time,” said the Human Resources Tactician, taking off her specs to reveal eyes of a normal size. “Normally, I’d deal with this a different way, but considering the Press involvement, and the reaction of certain members of the Staff, separation may be beneficial—and frankly,” she added, replacing the specs, “the rest might do you good. Your workload in the last few months would exhaust three librarians. “
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19 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XVIII (H.R. Tactics)”
“Counter-indicated.” Please take this out of the drawer. It’s awesome!
Thanks, Wendy! 🙂
I had a boss who used that phrase to explain why he wasn’t going to allow us to do things. That’s pretty much all the explanation he ever gave.
I’m curious to know what separation involves. Great six! And glad it’s coming out of the drawer. 🙂
Separation just means getting Clyota out of the library for a while so everyone can settle down. I skipped a bit about what some of the staff think about working with the daughter of a mass murderer . . .
And congratulations on your new release, Jessica!
Yes! Love that… counter-indicated. I may have to use that the next time my kids want something, anything, from me.
It’s an all-purpose reason, MSB—though explaining to to my two took more time than just saying, “Because I said so.” 🙂
Ha! Me too, the next time my daughter wants a ride home from her boyfriend’s house at midnight: I’m sorry, sweetie, that would be counter-indicated.
Great snippet Sarah!
Thanks, Wendy—yours, too! 🙂
For her, it’s just one more thing that suffers as a result of the whole mess; and it’s the last thing she had to hold onto.
Glad this is making its way out the drawer.
You know it, Lisa! 🙂
Well . . . you helped talk me into it . . .
‘certain members of staff’ … I don’t like them 🙂
Yeah. I don’t much like ’em, either . . .
Love the line about the normal-sized eyes. The protagonist sounds like a normally very busy lady!
Hi, Gayle! Yep, work is her coping mechanism.
Sounds like this change will be quite an adjustment for her! 🙂
I’d say so, Lorraine! 🙂
Big fan of this story, madame.
Big fan of big fans of this story, ma’am. 😀