“Okay everyone,” Janine said with a gentle rap on the table, “what have you got for us?”

Kelly raised a hand. “How about Hairball Brownies?”

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 Sentry Duty and Ancient Order of Misanthropes. 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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Lawrence gulped. “Uhh….”

“Remember those sympathy bellies they used to sell for guys whose wives or girlfriends were pregnant?” Kelly asked. “Hairball Brownies are the same idea, but for cat owners. Help them understand why their cats hock them up on the rug.”

“It fits our corporate image,” Mike noted. “Selling stuff that people wonder why anyone ever invented.”

Janine nodded. “People would be … gobsmacked … if they saw Hairball Brownies in our Spring catalog.”

“Or nauseated,” Lawrence offered.

Kelly turned to him. “Okay, what do you have?”

“More Dependables,” Lawrence said, holding up a piece of poster board. “Adult diapers with a moisture sensor that beeps if they’re close to soaking through.”

“Oh, like the Nippalert nursing bra liners we sold last year,” Mike said.

“Only after we discounted them below cost,” Janine said. “Anyway, anyone else?”

Nora hoisted an armload of chain onto the table with a resounding clatter.

“What’s that?” Kelly asked.

“A pen lock,” Nora said, “for people whose pens keep … disappearing.”

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Have fun!

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