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Verb: To engage in the act of argubation: Arguing purely for the heightened pleasure of arguing, not for a resolution.

By Kenny PennPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Jenny closes her eyes and takes a steadying breath. It’s over now. Another meeting that should have been an email. Pointless. There are twenty other things she could be doing.

Peter seems to enjoy them though. Enough to schedule them every day. Probably because they offer another chance for him to throw his position around. He must know how it makes him look, he simply doesn’t care.

Jenny can’t imagine another reason for today’s ‘meeting’, if you could call it that. More like a ‘rub your nose in shit’ session. The whole office has known the change was coming. Peter had called the first meeting last month and mowed over all the same objections.

Now it was here: No more hour long lunches. From now on, they’d all have to take care of eating and any other personal agendas in 30 minutes or less. Complete and total bullshit.

Of course, Peter has no plausible reason to make this change. He never needs one. There are plenty of reasons not to, as voiced by virtually every other employee, including Jenny herself, but Peter doesn’t let that stop him.

He just gives that condescending smile of his and reiterates that other companies are doing it, why not us? Every new objection makes his smile deepen. It’s like he’s getting off on the argument, only he’s not really arguing.

Jenny shakes her head and sits down to write an email. She’s got to find another job soon.


About the Creator

Kenny Penn

Thanks for reading! I enjoy writing in various genres, my favorites being horror/thriller and dark/epic fantasies. I'll also occasionally drop a poem or two.

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  • JBaz19 days ago

    Sometimes you just have to walk. Life is too short for BS. Great story

  • ThatWriterWoman4 months ago

    Argubate - great word and a great take on the challenge!

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Ooh, I thought of it as less petty, more intellectually stimulation!

  • Oooo, I'd love to punch Peter's face and break his nose! Hope Jenny finds a new job soon!

  • Addison M4 months ago

    I have lived this story as I bet many others have.

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Um, argubate brings thoughs of another bate, but I am just being bad. Kendall was afraid to click on it 🤔. HMMM. imagination nation. Good one Kenny.

  • Kendall Defoe 4 months ago

    Almost scared to click on this one...but I like this story, and the truth hurts. Well chosen and well done!

  • Mother Combs4 months ago


  • Mackenzie Davis4 months ago

    Ooh really clever use of your word here. I was expecting an overt argument to be central but i like where you went with it. Great word, too. This challenge is so interesting! Im really enjoying everyone’s entries.

  • Donna Renee4 months ago

    Been. There. 😩 and hope to never be again! 🫠. Great word!!

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    Been there and ate that 30 minutes. All-too-believable.

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    Brilliant word and brilliant words! 🤍 And this "Another meeting that should have been an email. Pointless" SO MY LIFE. Summed up so perfectly! 🤍

  • Jazzy 4 months ago

    Absolutely adored this! What a word for such a feeling!!!!!!

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