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Hawthorne Saves the Day

In this episode: The heist is defeated and Justin finally eats his lunch.....

By Judey Kalchik Published 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Hawthorne Saves the Day
Photo by Adél Grőber on Unsplash

Justin reluctantly placed the carefully-packed lunch bag, perky in its bright blue and deep red trim, into the giant department refrigerator. As he did he wistfully wondered if today was the day he'd get to eat the lunch that Janelle had lovingly packed for him. Roast turkey- none of that tofu stuff this was the real deal- homemade baguette, creamy Havarti. And that orange-raspberry scone with the too-thick but somehow just right icing!

It had been weeks since he'd eaten his lunch. When the time came to retrieve his bag it was always deflated, heisted, lacking in the goods. LP had nixed the idea of a personal fridge, and with this heat ice packs just wouldn't do it. But HR said they had a plan, and NO- it didn't involve a camera in the fridge (which was Justin's idea...), they said Jeremy had seen the Hawthorne effect on some writing site called Vocal (like that was a writing platform!) and they were trying it.

With little hope, Justin entered the kitchen and was surprised to see two HUGE glowing eyes on the refrigerator doors. He was even more surprised that his lunch was still there. Whoever Hawthorne was; it worked.

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Judey Kalchik

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  • Meagan Dion4 months ago

    This was fun and well written! Great job!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Ah, the power of Hawthorne!! Loved that the daily heist was finally foiled in the end. Great read :)

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Always wonder if they don't think of being poisoned for stealing someone's lunch. Hawthorne or poison. HMMM!

  • Leslie Writes4 months ago

    Psychology in action! <3

  • I agree with Dana Hawthorne rocks

  • If only Ross had Hawthorne at the museum, he wouldn't have lost his post Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with the moist-maker!

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    LOL I think Hawthorne may need his own series.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Haha. This is great. Go, Hawthorne!

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