S. CRAIG RENFROE JR.
MAY 2012 - FICTION
Crispin, our manager, wore to the meeting a tie with tiny penises all over it. We weren’t sure what to do. It seemed wrong to point out that his tie was covered with cartoon penises. Surely he knew that. Later, Sue suggested that he might have put it on in the dark, mistaking the gag gift for a work tie. But at the time some of us wondered if we should laugh. John tried but Crispin just looked at him funny. I had to give a report that day and felt uncomfortable all during my PowerPoint.
The next day, John wore a tie with a mermaid naked from the fins up, and Crispin asked him if he thought that was appropriate for the workplace. John said he guessed not. Crispin said to borrow a different one or go home for the day. I lent John a solid red. I kept one in all the primary colors in my desk. John and I decided the penises were actually a pattern that just happened to look like penises.
The next week, Crispin’s tie had a monster on it. The tentacled beast covered in gore
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On May 09, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Parmalee Paula Cover said:
"Laughed and then so nicely hit with pathos at the end, I wanted to cry."