The weekend is upon us, and that means it's time for another Fiction Friday. Please enjoy Madeleine's 10-minute scene from yesterday's real life writing prompt!
Madeleine's Scene for the Prompt: "That will spread motivation like wildfire through frozen foods."
"Stevens, come in to my office. Hurry."
"Yes, sir." The young assistant walked unhurriedly into Mr. Hodgins' office. He'd found that his boss often forgot why he'd called him in by the time he arrived - if he walked slowly enough. "How can I help you, sir?"
"I think I know how to solve the sales problem. I need you to arrange a meeting with everyone on the sales team this afternoon."
"The problem is no one wants to buy the crap we sell," mumbled Stevens.
"What's that?" asked Mr Hodgins, cupping his hand to his ear.
"I said, 'Yes, sir. I'll book the boardroom.' Do you want any refreshments?"
"Best not. I like to give bad news on an empty stomach," said Mr. Hodgins.
"Bad news, sir? I thought you said you'd solved the problem?"
"Yes, well, the problem is the sales staff. They lack motivation. So I'm letting half of the them go. That'll light a fire under the others."
"I'm sure that will spread motivation like wildfire through frozen foods," Stevens muttered.
"What's that? Speak up!" commanded Mr. Hodgins.
"I said 'Is that so, sir?' I would have thought firing staff would be de-motivating."
"Not so, young man. Now the remaining staff will fear for their jobs. Fear is the best motivator."
"I fear you're a lunatic and I'm motivated to quit," said Stevens.
"What's that? Why are you always mumbling?"
"I'm sorry, sir. I was just saying that you have an interesting way of thinking."
"When you've been in business as long as me you'll know all these tricks," Mr. Hodgins said smugly.
"If I live as long as you I won't be stuck in an office selling outdated technology."
"I'm very lucky to be able to learn from you, sir," Stevens said.
"Yes, well, true enough. Now, off you go. Don't you have some work to do?"
"No, sir. You just told me I could go home early because you'll be in a meeting all afternoon."
"Did I? Yes, well, that's right. See you tomorrow." Mr Hodgins waved his assistant away.
"Yes, sir." Stevens smiled for the first time that day.