“… a synergistic vertical and horizontal market integration that will,” Greg paused. “Are we boring you, Hanna?”

“Should I be honest?” Hanna asked.

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Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Ver-ry Slee-eepy and Squatchentine’s Day. 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….


Greg cleared his throat. “Umm, sure.”

“The way I see it,” Hanna said, “here at PGButt we make the ‘P’ and ‘G’ buttons for elevators.”

“We also make ‘PH’ buttons for penthouses,” Inez added. “And ‘L’ buttons for lobbies, and ‘M’ for mezzanines.”

“After we bought out those companies,” Joe noted. “But we didn’t change our corporate name to PHLEGMButt because EastWestButt still owns the rights to ‘E’.”

Kayla giggled. “And because the graphic arts department’s draft logo for PHLEGMButt was kinda … gross.”

“They said that was a joke,” Greg said.

“Anyway,” Hanna said, “now we’re trying to buy Numbutt, so we can make the number buttons–”

“–Speaking of numb butts,” Joe interjected, shifting in his seat.

“–but even if we do buy Numbutt,” Hanna continued, turning to page 319 of Greg’s draft expansion plan, “would we really be ‘a dominant force in the global business construction industry?’”

“I explain that on page 527,” Greg said, flipping through his tabs.


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