“Is it just me,” Frank asked, “or is it too damn cold in here?”

“We’re testing our winter parka line,” Gina explained. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Under the Tree and Old Long Sigh. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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“I get that,” Frank conceded, “but we’re in our offices. It must be freezing.”

“Actually it’s below freezing,” Irving said, sipping a cup of hot cocoa. “Twenty degrees. For the morning.”

“And for the afternoon?” Frank asked.

“They’re going to bump it down to zero,” Gina said. “We need to know if Winter Extreme Wear will actually work in winter extremes.”

“Isn’t the better question,” Frank began, “whether Winter Extreme Wear employees will actually work in winter extremes?”

Gina sighed, then paused to wipe the fog from her glasses. “Of course we’ll work. That’s what this gear was designed for.”

“I heard they’re gonna pipe in snow this afternoon,” Jane said. “And turn the ventilation fans up to blizzard winds.”

“I love our commitment to quality control,” Irving enthused. “That’s why I work here. And I gotta say, these elbow-length mittens keep my hands toasty warm.”

“They do,” Frank admitted. “But how are we supposed to use our keyboards?”

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