Empty Ester, An Accident in Progress


Empty Ester lost her head, once a prominent fixture on her shoulders, air lingers there instead. She blamed the loss on her stubborn boss who demanded too much of her vapid thoughts.

“Find me the ‘Nail’ file,” he had said to her. “It’s the one after “O” called ‘Oblivious.'”

She should have known not to ponder the contents of “Oblivious,” the mere thought of which, caused her head to explode.

English: Detonation of explosives.

English: Detonation of explosives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Double linking:

I’m participating in Lillie McFerrin’s weekly Five Sentence Fiction challenge. This week’s prompt – Empty.


I’ve also linked up to Silly Sunday, hosted by Rhonda of Laugh-Quotes.
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  1. Delightful word play! I think I have encountered some of Ester’s kin in the workplace :-)

  2. K R Smith says:

    Yes, you did have fun with the words on this powst – made it very interesting to read. And when I first started reading it, it almost sounded like a poem, and this popped into my head (with apologies):

    Empty Ester skipped semester
    Hanging around with the blokes,
    And so Empty Ester became a great jester
    Not knowing that she was the joke.

  3. Lizzie Koch says:

    This was so much fun to read and reminded me of the nick name my hubby used for me once upon a time ‘Bubble head’. An excellent take on the prompt done in a very original way. x

  4. Very creative little story!

  5. I see poor “Empty Esters” everywhere I go these days — thankful to have a job, but dead inside. I agree with the other commenter who said he’d thought this was going to be a poem. It definitely has a rhythm to it. Fun and clever, Lauren.

  6. Nicky says:

    You know, I used to work with Ester and often wondered what happened to her. Now I know. I really loved the cadence to this piece, Lauren. It’s almost musical. Nicely done.

  7. Phil says:

    Very nice play on words. Witty!

  8. Sarah Mac says:

    Very clever and very witty (sorry, I can’t think of anything original to say, everyone beat me to it! ;)

  9. I get the sense of Ester being an airhead [dreamer], being in a world of her own. Delightful FSF

  10. Comedy Plus says:

    I know her. Yes I do. Okay I know more than one. Very well done.

    Have a terrific Silly Sunday. :)

  11. June O'Hara says:

    There’s a lot to be said for oblivion, if you ask me. It certainly has its place.

    You’re really good at this stuff.

  12. I love this Lauren, so much passion in such a short sequence of paragraphs, awesome stuff, just awesome ;)

  13. Rhonda says:

    Love the little story. Thanks for linking up. Sorry I am so late in getting here :)

  14. Phil says:

    You are just too witty for me! Great writing off the cuff!


    FYI – for some reason Comment Luv won’t seem to accept any of my blog links and an error message keeps popping up. It happens at work and home computers.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Phil!

      I think your comment settings are wrong. Under CommentLuv uncheck: Allow jetpack comments to be activated

      If that’s not the issue:

      In WordPress Dashboard, under Settings, Discussion Settings, uncheck: Users must be registered and logged in to comment.

      Otherwise, sign in to the CommentLuv website and open a ticket.

  15. Ahh!! This is fantastic :) The word play throughout was perfection!

  16. As usual, you did a GREAT job with the prompt! LOVED IT!

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