Opposite – Prompt for Steam of Consciousness Saturday


Steam of Consciousness Saturday is upon us again. This week’s prompt is “opposite” and can be taken in any direction. If you would like to know more about SoCS visit Linda Hill at http://lindaghill.com/2015/01/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-january-1015/

Here is my Interpretation of opposite. Hope you enjoy.

Opposite by John W. Howell ©2015

“I said to take the opposite chair.”

“I’m sorry I thought you said this one.”

“No that one opposite me over there.”

“Yes sir.”

“I called you in today to have a discussion about your last assignment.’

“Oh, that’s strange.”

“What’s strange?”

“Your assistant told me the opposite.”

“What opposite?”

“He said you wanted to give me a new assignment.”

“Um I don’t see how he could have said that. I told him the opposite. I told him I wanted to discuss your last assignment.”

“So which is it your version or your assistant’s version?”

“There is only one version. Mine.”

“Okay. Opposite of what I was led to believe, but you’re the boss.”

“Sometimes I wonder.”


“Never mind. I suppose you know your last assignment was a failure.”

“I think it was opposite. A success.”

“Yes I would suspect you would think that way. What about the hundred thousand dollar overrun of the budget?”

“Bad budgeting.”

“What about the unfinished sections.”

“Not necessary.”

“What about the federal investigation?”


“What about the lawsuits?”

“Too many lawyers.”

“Well, I’m going to do the opposite of what I thought I would do with you.”

“What’s that?”

“Give you a promotion and hope you will do the opposite of what I expect.”

“You expect me to fail. Right?”

“Right. So now maybe you’ll succeed.”

“I don’t know. It’s a lot of pressure knowing you think I’ll do the opposite of fail. I just might not do the opposite.”

“Lucky me the day you married my daughter.”



  1. Hahaha! That last line got me. Of course he’d be family. Else why would he keep him?


    1. No other reason. Happy weekend to you.


  2. Funny. I like all the mistakes and the man’s excuses. Liked the ending too. 🙂


  3. Work would be so much more fun with this kind of talk at meetings…


    1. Now you know how my team was run. If one wanted to give an excuse you had three words to do so. Something constructive or new learning you could talk for hours. Accepting responsibility and resultant forgiveness only took two words each: mea culpa (absolvo te)


  4. Very good John though I would think it would be him thinking he was lucky for marrying the bosses daughter.


    1. You and I would, but we are dealing with a millennial here. Thanks


  5. Haha! I love the quick exchanges taking the conversation in opposite directions.


    1. Thank you, Sarah. 🙂

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  6. That’s how you deal with the opposition, when you have no other choice! You have an amazing flair for these prompts, tell you what.

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  7. Came back to read again and chuckle – very clever, John!


  8. Always a funny surprise reading your stuff, John. Wonderful, as always!


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