The Secretary Bird, Friday Fictioneers, October 2015

Copyright Dale Rogerson

Copyright Dale Rogerson

I abhor her ingratiating manner, the sly puss.

“Your husband’s busy right now Mrs Adams, can I help?”

(Yes dear, you can tell him I found your hotel receipt.)

“Well it is rather important… and urgent …”

Her eyes gleam with interest. I pretend to consider.

“Perhaps I’ll leave a note. See he gets it, will you…?”

I scribble a note, and fold it over.

Later, the phone rings.

“Did I write Herpes, dear? Sorry, I meant to say I’d got Hermes, your mother’s cat. She’s gone on holiday. What? Of course I’ll help out in the office for a while…”

For one week only, at this time of the year, those of us in the UK receive the photo prompt at 7.30am.  Early birds rule, OK.  Rochelle, our fearless (or fearsome) leader seems to be awake at all hours of the day, however.  Incidentally, I agree with her comment about Blogspot, and indeed any site where I have to fill in paperwork in order to ‘like’ or comment.  Life is too short…

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About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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80 Responses to The Secretary Bird, Friday Fictioneers, October 2015

  1. Really funny story, Sandra. Looks like the note in your story caused a secretarial problem. 😀 — Suzanne

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  2. Dear Sandra,

    I confess, I’m a drastically early riser and not much fun after 7 pm. But I’ll also confess to posting my story the day before and scheduling it for 2:30 am, my time. It helps to preserve the small measure of sanity I have left.

    Hermes? Oh this wife is one sharp cookie as is the author. I like her and I liked your story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. ceayr says:

    Perfectly scripted example of how Karma sometimes needs a helping hand.
    Love it.

    And re Blogspot, am I the only one who is forced to leave a Google, rather than WP, id?
    It does irritate.

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  4. micklively says:

    Touche! Very funny: I’m still giggling.

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  5. Ha. Funny. I recall a joke about a man who spoke English poorly talking about how he had gotten Hairpiece and all the women running away.

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  6. Mrs.Adams is smart, but shortsighted. I bet there will be more secretarial problems in future.

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  7. Sue says:

    Made me smile, Sandra!

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  8. Sandra, a sharp, sly story from you, one I very much enjoyed, (but you know how I love puns, so…) One small punctuation item: just one comma before, as well as the one after, “Mrs. Adams”, (“now, Mrs. Adams,” 🙂

    janet

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  9. Dale says:

    Love it! Smart cookie, indeed!
    Though I agree, once a skirt-chaser, always a skirt chaser. The Misus can apparantly handle it! 😉

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  10. Hermes and puss is so different.. but it does give the result.. it’s good you can trust the trustless to read a secret note.

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  11. What a delightful story to wake up to! Thanks, Sandra, for the early morning smile.

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  12. gahlearner says:

    Hehehe, what a clever wife, I love it.

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  13. Ha! Loved this one, Sandra. I once knew a couple like Mr and Mrs Adams. The word ‘herpes” crept into a dinner conversation once. He looked very embarrassed. 😉

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  14. paulmclem says:

    Miaow…seems appropriate 🙂

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  15. Wow! That was absolutely brilliant — clever and subtle, all in one stroke. Substitute a word for another word, get rid of the gleaming-eyed secretary, exact sweet vengeance, and get (worthless) husband back all in one fell swoop! WELL-DONE! 🙂

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  16. Sightsnbytes says:

    How many times do we say one thing, but mean something completely different? Nice story gave me a great afternoon chuckle!

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  17. elmowrites says:

    Hermes is a wonderful name for a cat, and yet it sounds like the daughter-in-law was even more inspired in her use of it! Fantastic story, as ever, you are to be commended, Sandra.

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  18. misskzebra says:

    I’m sure I’d use a ruder term than “Sly puss”!

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  19. hafong says:

    Hard not to smile. Hard not to get even. 🙂

    Lily

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  20. The secretary isn’t the only one that’s sly here. A great story of cunning, it hits all the right notes.
    -David

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  21. Corina says:

    I love this one! Of course it struck a familiar cord with me. Perhaps that’s why I laughed out loud!

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  22. subroto says:

    Har! Har! That’s gold that one.

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  23. LOL. That is a great way of dealing with the minx. Sly puss – both of them.

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  24. Ha. Revenge can be so sweet. Love the way she did it, kept her marriage together, gained the upper hand. No more wildcatting for him.

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  25. Really funny. Doubt he’ll be quitting the habit though.

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  26. Melanie says:

    Oh dear! A most excellent “typo” on her part.

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  27. draliman says:

    Ha, that’s a cunning way to solve a little secretarial problem 🙂

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  28. Dave says:

    Do men still mess around with their secretaries? Talk about the obvious suspect.
    Still, I’d be saving her for ‘secondary revenge’, the oaf needs to be your primary target.

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  29. helenmidgley says:

    I couldn’t help but smile, nicely done 🙂

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  30. plaridel says:

    very funny. of course, the note was meant for his eyes only and not meant to be read by a third party. 🙂

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  31. Amy Reese says:

    Ha! That showed her. Very cunning, Sandra. I’ll never be an early bird Friday Fictioneer. I admire your promptness and posting such an excellent story so quickly! Cheers!

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  32. ottilliah says:

    Stylish revenge there.

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  33. rgayer55 says:

    Color me tickled. Great piece of humor, Sandra. Your talent knows no bounds.

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  34. stomperdad says:

    Ha! “I got Hermes”! That’s a great line. Well written Sandra. You captured a lot in 100 words.

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  35. Are you sure that the cat has herpes?
    And why does Mrs. Adams have to help out at the office/
    is it a vet’s office?
    Is this the Adams Family?

    😉 Randy

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  36. ansumani says:

    ha ha….Good one! I’m sure Mrs. Adams can think of a long-term solution now that the short-term fix is in place 🙂

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  37. Susan says:

    Well done. Made me laugh with the herpes slip or so she wanted him to think. 🙂

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  38. Oh there’s a lot of making up for that cad to do.

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  39. Clever and funny! Looks like it’s time for a male secretary.

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  40. penshift says:

    There’s a sneaky way to deal with adultery. 🙂 Nicely written.

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  41. Margaret says:

    Great story. I like this wife’s tactics. It sounds like she’s dealt with this kind of situation more than once – she’s very cool.

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  42. Judee says:

    Ha! Payback^s a bitch. ;D Love your sense of humor, Sandra, and how Ive missed reading your posts!

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