Business Meeting – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story about cultural clashes begins after the photo.

Genre: Humor
Word Count: 100

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Business Meeting

“Mr. Koyanagi would like to express his elation at meeting with you,” said Hiroshi, the translator.

Koyanagi was expressionless.

“Yes sir. Ain’t no pencil-neck at InterPol gonna tell me who I do business with,” said Parmer.

Hiroshi translated, “This pleases Mr. Koyanagi very much.”

Still expressionless.

“So, when are we startin’ the meetin’?”

“We are having the meeting, Mr. Parmer,” said Hiroshi.

“Fish pond is a funny place for a meeting and…” He pointed. “Is that a skull in there? What the hell?”

“That man also criticized the location for a meeting.”

Parmer turned white. “Mighty purty fishes, yes sir!”

Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presents a photo as a writing prompt for 100 words or less. Anyone may join this intrepid group of creative minds. Here’s this week’s original prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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51 Responses to Business Meeting – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Al says:

    Haha .. nice catch from Parmer 🙂 Great story


  2. Danny James says:

    Made me laugh. A change of heart for sure!



  3. Indira says:

    Lol, superb. I waiting for your FF, worth waiting.Loved the conversation.


  4. helenmidgley says:

    Ha ha, such a fast pull back, 😉


  5. Adam Ickes says:

    Makes me wonder exactly what sort of business Parmer is running.


  6. DCTdesigns says:

    Well at least Parmer was a quick study. Though I think he should still excuse himself to the Loo quickly.


  7. You, me, a few others… these fish sure eat some gnarly stuff! Clever, sir; well done!


  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    Mighty purty story. Nothing to see here, move along….

    Seriously, good job on this one. I’m still smiling.




  9. Dear E. A.

    Guess Parmer saw which side his fish cake was buttered on. Koyanagi. Cute. Good one.




  10. Sandra says:

    Deftly handled; both you and Parmer. 🙂


  11. Wise man once said, “Listen to InterPol.”


  12. I think its tie to take his business elsewhere!


  13. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    What kind of business is this???? Pretty cutthroat…


    • EagleAye says:

      Well, it’s not unusual for organized crime to branch out into legitimate business. Parmer thinks he’s there for an oil deal. He is actually, but his prospective business partner is more than a little dodgy.


  14. Fortune cookie says “watch out for the pond with the white skull”
    its gonna be a short meeting either way


    • EagleAye says:

      Too bad he didn’t have Chinese before the meeting. Unfortunately, he was in Japan. The rest of the meeting may be conducted with a Katana. Yikers!

      Thanks so much for stopping in!


  15. mike olley says:

    Meeting in a pond? It’s always good to know when you’re in too deep. Nice take.


  16. Lovely narrative register.


  17. The right response. Definitely. Yes, sir!


  18. CherryPickens says:

    I like the clash of cultures, and given the spelling of “purty,” I’m guessing Texas. Those girls and boys are mighty proud of their state, but they know when to bob their heads and agree. Nice story.


    • EagleAye says:

      Yup, you got it. Texas. And Mrs. Parmer didn’t raise no fool. Texans are mighty proud, and they know which side their bread is buttered too. Thanks much for your thoughts! 🙂


  19. Nice. 🙂 Sometimes it’s just best to shut up and play along.


  20. pattisj says:

    I’m glad he kept his head in this situation that could have easily gotten out of hand.


  21. I guess that will learn him some manners. Nicely done.


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