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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Who's Bill?
By Lisa Fowler
10/29/10


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WHO'S BILL?

“Gossip is detrimental to a company, folks. Please don’t allow yourself to become part of the rumor mill,” the boss reprimanded, closing the meeting.

“What did she say about Bill?” Mary whispered.

“She didn’t say Bill, she said the rumor mill.”

“When are we going to get a bill?” asked Jenny.

“Why are we going to get a bill? What’s it for?” asked Tom.

“Not bill, a mill.”

“What mill?” Mary asked. “There’s a mill down by the river that still grinds corn for the local farmers, is that the mill you mean?”

“Still? You guys are going to get in trouble if the police find out that you are running a still,” chided Andrea, coming into the conference room in hopes of finishing off the morning doughnuts.

“I can’t believe that about the boss and her husband. She must be devastated. They’ve been married forty-five years and have raised three children together,” chimed Luke.

“What are you guys talking about?” asked Randy.

“About the boss and her husband, Bill. She said he’s living with someone besides her. I just can’t believe it. I feel so sorry for her,” said Mary.

“No wonder she has been cranky lately,” replied Ann.

“What’s up guys?” asked Lucy, pouring a cup of coffee.

“We’re talking about the meeting this morning. You know, the one you missed because you were late!”

“Oh! So, what’s the juice? What did I miss?” asked Ann

“Well, the boss said her husband left her.”

“No way! She came right out and told you that?” said Ann.

“Yes,” said Mary. “She told us that she and her husband had split up. Seems he’s left her for another woman, the dog!”

“Men! You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. Wonder how long he’s been cheating on her?” asked Lucy.

“I heard he left her for a bimbo half the bosses age and that they’ve
moved to California.”

“Naw! Men are scum!” quipped Lucy.

“Who’s dumb?”

“Mary, you don’t listen. No one said dumb. Lucy said men are scum!”

“Oh! Yeah, I know what you mean. Since I’ve been doing all that extra work on the computer at night, my thumbs are numb too.”

“What’s wrong with your thumbs, Mary?” asked Luke.

“They’re numb. But, at least I‘ve not got troubles like the boss, bless her heart.” replied Mary.

“What kind of troubles does she have?”

“Better not say. It would be gossiping.”

“Oh come on! Tell me more! Tell me more!” begged Luke.

“No way!” said Mary. “I’ve already told you more than I heard!”


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Verna Mull11/04/10
Great job, and how true to life. Hopefully this will help us all to see the dangers in repeating anything we hear or even that we see, because we often misinterpret the things that we see. Good job of making it plain!
Sharon Eastman11/04/10
Very clever and it made me laugh. It reminds me of that gossip game that's played at parties. Good job!
Kate Oliver Webb11/04/10
SO well done! And I almost giggled in some places - except I've heard so much that's almost the same as this, that the truth loses its humor.
Great writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
That last line is the clincher! I loved it.
Philip Barrington11/04/10
This would be an example how to mind one's business lol. Seriously good play on what can happen in gossip time.
Jan Ackerson 11/06/10
This is almost like that old game of 'telephone' that we all used to play!

I found a few of the misunderstandings a bit of a 'stretch'--but taken as broad farce rather that realistic conversation, it really works.

Very funny read.
Brenda Rice 11/07/10
So funny and so true to life. I have a husband and a father who are hard of hearing. I'm the translator and boy do I understand how things can go so wrong so quick. I liked this from beginning to end. Thanks.
Melissa Lindsey 11/10/10
Very funny. I especially liked the ending. Mary definitely told more than she heard!