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"no horse stuff today?"

"nope, no horse stuff today. i think either tom or you had a hand in it"

"horse stuff?"

"yeah, a couple months ago somebody put THIS on my desk"

HE PICKED IT UP AND MOVED IT HE HAS NOT REALIZED THE RIDER IS NEW WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL

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he's finally made the connection to his camel pictures but he's talking about it like the horse pranks stopped a few weeks ago HE LITERALLY HE PICKED IT UP HOW POWERFUL IS CHANGE BLINDNESS HOLY HELL

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HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?????????? HE'S JUST. CASUALLY TALKING ABOUT FOOTBALL NOW

THE THREE OF THEM STAND AROUND HIS DESK, LIKE A TRIBUNAL

OUR STEADFAST RIDER SITS BETWEEN THEM, PLAIN AS DAY

NONE OF THEM ARE AWARE THAT THIS HORSE DIDN'T ORIGINALLY HAVE A RIDER ON IT, OR REINS, OR A BRIDLE, OR A SADDLE

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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THE TRIBUNAL HAS RETURNED TO THEIR TASKS

BACK TO WORK!!!

I AM GOBSMACKED

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THE TARGET HAS NOT ATTENDED HIS REGULAR 9:00 MEETING

OPERATIONS WILL NEED TO BE ALTERED ACCORDINGLY

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STAND BY FOR GLORY, COMRADES

WE'LL SEE THIS MISSION THROUGH TO VICTORY, NO MATTER THE HARDSHIPS

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let's use this break to briefly, unrelatedly, ponder what in the fresh hell is going on over in THIS corner of the office today,

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just want to let y'all know that today's payload is an absolute masterpiece that i stayed up in bed working on on my phone for an hour and a half after when i was supposed to go to sleep last night

AND I WON'T SPOIL ITS GLORY BY POSTING IT EARLY

YOU'LL SEE IT WHEN MY STRIKE IS SUCCESSFUL

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a super old lady i'm vaguely familiar with just passed me in the hall, made direct eye contact, grinned and loudly made some kind of demonic noise, "wrrhooOO!" (silent H)

what the fuck

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maybe she was trying to say howareYOUUUU but her mouth was full of sand

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so yesterday i tried to print this horse on the top corner of his camel print-out

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i snuck over to his stash, carefully extracted the TAINTED ARTIFACT, and loaded it into the printer to be printed upon

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.... unfortunately it's a weird shape cuz he cut out his horrible print job to make it look less like shit so all i accomplished was jamming the printer

after which i had to open up the whole damned printer (which is larger than my entire body) to rescue the TAINTED ARTIFACT from it's clutches, and return it to its nest.

there is a vaguely horse-shaped smudge on it, now, but overall the operation was a failure

:pensive_cowboy:

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🚨 THE TARGET IS DISCUSSING LUNCH PLANS 🚨

HE IS STRONGLY CONSIDERING JIMMY JOHNS

MY DISGUST, AND CONTEMPT, SURGE EVER HIGHER

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🚨 I REPEAT, ALL UNITS REPORTING OPERATIONAL SUCCESS 🚨

WE NOW AWAIT THE TARGET'S RETURN

OVER AND OUT, HOO RAH

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ONE OF THE TARGET'S MAIN SUSPECTS, WHO NORMALLY WORKS FROM A DIFFERENT OFFICE, STOPPED BY FOR A VISIT

I COULDN'T HAVE PLANNED THIS BETTER

he's gonna be absolutely convinced this guy is responsible when he hears he was here from his cube neighbor

🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎

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as if to prove the message on the payload as correct as possible, he hasn't fucking noticed it

I WILL NOT ABANDON MY POST UNTIL I WITNESS HIS REACTION TO TODAY'S OPERATION

I WILL STARVE IN THIS CHAIR BEFORE I MISS THIS MOMENT, THIS IS MY SOLEMN VOW TO YOU ALL,

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i casually let him know he's "been horsed again".

"i got horsed??! damn! how long's that been there!"

he hasn't gotten up to look at it yet, perhaps awaiting his cube neighbor's return

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"HEY TOM. I GOT HORSED AGAIN."

"you got horsed??"

"yeah"

"CARLOS."

"you think?"

"it HAD to be"

"i think it's ZOEY. only common denominator."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HE IS WRITING ON THE SHEET WITH A LARGE RED MARKER?????? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

IS HE DOING ALGEBRA TO PROVE MY GUILT????

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HE HAS PUT ASIDE ALL WORK TO PONDER THE PAGE

HE IS ROTATING BACK AND FORTH IN HIS CHAIR, SHEET IN ONE HAND, MARKER IN THE OTHER, DEEP IN CONTEMPLATION

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"i didn't even notice it...."

"?"

"look at this! 7/9? 10/22? they put the saddle, and then the guy... I didn't even notice it! did you?"

"i didn't notice all that, no!"

"i know it's not you, now. huh. goddamn."

i can barely make out their words.. something about the camels, and retirement, and pension

"no fun!"

"...."

"all I know is that horse is mine! taking it with me!"

"-inaudible-"

"taking it with me!"

"that's a good retirement gift right there, it is"

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"not giving them the chance! not-"

"yeah, that'll-"

"-inaudible-"

"--make the announcement, then maybe--"

"All I know is that'll maybe force the situation, working from home all the time"

"somebody knows! somebody knows!!"

i know he's planning to go on vacation for the next two weeks, but maybe he plans to work from home full-time next year until retirement ... and he thinks somebody is gonna take the horse back while he's on vacation

LITTLE DOES HE KNOW

THERE'S TWO MORE HORSES

AWAITING

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"who was standing by my cube today?"

"nobody!"

me: "carlos came by"

"CARLOS CAME BY???"

"Carlos came by! He was here!"

"IT'S CARLOS. ITS GOTTA BE."

"WE GOT THE SUSPECT"

"so look, here's today's horse. so the thing is, i got the plain horse in july.... but then..."

"HE'S BEEN DOING THIS THE WHOLE TIME!??"

"YEP. YEP."

"you know, i THOUGHT that looked different... i didn't remember the little guy on there..."

"i THOUGHT it was Tom, but he was at lunch WITH me today, and i got horsed!"

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"it's CARLOS. he's always in town on wednesdays for that meeting..."

"this is every TUESDAY though"

"is it? i thought it was wednesday"

"nope! nope! every tuesday. it's like a... pre-humpday."

"maybe he's in early for that meeting?"

"I dunno, I dunno. Now we gotta go back and check if Carlos was in town on these months..."

"i'm telling you, we got him. we got him. the suspect has been caught."

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it is all i can do to face away from them and hide my laughter right now oh my god

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focusing on transcribing their S-tier detective work is the only thing keeping me from cackling like an insane banshee

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i think he only accused me earlier to see if I'd crack and give away the game

BUT MY PROFESSIONALISM IS BEYOND REPROACH, GOOD SIR

I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THIS, THE ONLY WORK I PUT ANY EFFORT INTO,

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"CARLOS. ____. he was here last tuesday, he was here today. Horse."

"it's him!"

"did you notice the horse changes???"

"oh my god"

"no saddle. not even the saddle!"

"this note shows up."

"have you perchance checked the date recently! i'm not following"

"guess what DAY it is"

"and then HE shows up (rider?)"

"7/19 the horse, 10/22.... So the person who was doing this took the time to take pictures historically...

"CARLOS."

"that horse is mine! it's coming down to my house after i retire"

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"i SWORE it was Troy, lying to me, but NAH, it's CARLOS."

......

......

"now CARLOS is saying it's YOU."

"he's lying. he's lying. where would i get a horse from??"

"hell yeah he's lying. it's fuckin him -laughing-"

"Carlos is going to the iron throne!!! (???)"

"he's so full of shit. we got him. we got him."

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THE TRIBUNAL IS IN FULL SWING

"well Carlos says it ain't him. so SOMEbody's LYIN."

"he was here last tuesday, he was here today! Tom was at lunch with you... it sure as hell ain't me. it's carlos!"

"he's mad about getting pranked all the time and this is his attempt at retribution"

"i still can't believe the saddle wasn't there...."

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@killeveryhetero It still sounds like they haven't *quite* made the connection to the camel and hump day yet. Like they got close but it still hasn't clicked.

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