Start your story during a team building exercise.
Posted in Adults on Oct 25, 2022
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“Death's new Pet” by Holly Guy
“I can’t believe you just shot me.” Isla scoffed in amazement. Wide eyed, she stared down at the small, gaping hole in her hip. It spurted blood and looked fleshy around the wound, but surprisingly it didn’t hurt. Just like he promised. “I can.” The raven-colour haired man in front of her lowered the gun. A wicked grin licked his lips and the knowing twinkle danced around in his black orbs. For a second ...
“Octopus Game p1 - The Other Way” by Scott Christenson
Jason stared at the crocodiles in the pool and felt the beads of sweat on his forehead. Traces of blood from the previous team were still lingering in the water. “Let's have a moment of mindfulness, to calm our thoughts before the game begins,” a curly haired woman said. Jason had never seen her at work before, her name tag said Alice.“How can I calm my thoughts while I’m in front of crocodiles that want to chomp on my femur for breakfast?,” Jason said.“No need to be hostile Jason.” “They a...
“Anti-Heroic” by Graham Kinross
TW: Swearing, a nose bleed, puberty.The gym coach points at A Group at the other end of the sports field. “Those lucky sons of b… people. People.” Students familiar with the effects of alcohol know that coach B is recovering from a good time. “Those lucky kids have superpowers. You don’t. You can’t run fast, or fly-” Above them the bright sun says it’s tough if you don’t want to sweat, deal with it. Grass beneath is having a bad hair day and ba...
“Moo, baa, cluck, quack” by Wendy Hayes
Mooooo, Baaa, Bock bock bock, quack, quack; farmyard sounds? Yes, and no. Are they the sounds of a children’s party game? They should be, but in this instance they are the sounds of adults walking around the reception room of a swanky hotel, engaged in a team building exercise. In this case, they are the noises emanating from your children’s teachers .Yes, that sixty five dollars you forked out for a babysitter,...
“Today I made a Friend” by Twyla Parker
Mrs. Bailey barged into our room, yelling at us to get up. Squinting my eyes to read the clock on the wall. It's 6 a.m. Ugh! Why!?! "Let's go, ladies; you have 10 minutes to get outside!" We are likely going to be punished for the stunt that happened yesterday. I blame Hannah. I live in an all-girls foster home called With Little Help, and six of us live here, all coming from different backgrounds, and none of us care enough to make friends. Why would we? Eventually, we ...
“Senza Fine” by Chris Morris
The first thing Kirsty notices when she wakes up is that the house is on fire.The heat is enough to make her skin turn red. At least, that’s what it feels like. Any closer to the flames and she’s sure blisters will start to form, or she’ll start to melt.She coughs, painfully. The smoke engulfs her and feels like it’s pressing down on her lungs, gripping them with invisible fists and trying to squeeze the air, the space, the life out of them.Her heart rate soars....
“Welcome to the Suds and Duds Team!” by Abby Stone
“There’s no I in TEAM!” the perky woman with the bubblegum pink hair screams from the stage.If Henry had to hear that catch-all mantra from every “Ted Talk” wannabe one more time he was going to scream.“Less than five minutes to finish your spaghetti towers! Remember the winning team gets 10 extra points for their Team!” Pepto Head spouts as she tries to talk over room.Henry was dying inside, little by little, with every piece of tape he handed over to the Engineering genius in their group that took charge from the wo...
“There is No I in Scream” by VJ Hamilton
The memo goes out a month after I join EasyCo: everybody must attend the team-building exercises. I must remember to bring my opener. My group includes Jaden, also a new hire. He’s cute in a J.Crew unstained T-shirt kind of way. Six big sleek buses trundle us out to a rustic hideaway, a monster log cabin where we assemble in the frigid air conditioning. Perch on chair-sized wooden cubes, we watch the opening cere...
“Team Tundra” by Rochelle Miller
Story begins in the voice of Patrick Warburton. You know, the M&M Buzz Lightyear guy."Hey, everyone. Thanks for showing up early for this meeting. We have an important task ahead of us. Practicing our ability to connect with one another will be crucial to making it outta here alive. We have one shot and gotta work together on this."Maksim addressed six other members of the team, hoping to test their focus and resolve before hitting the trail. Everyone gathered close.&...
“Team Building” by Webb Johnson
Team Building Bob, find Lew before you leave. An hour after I got the worrisome email I sat in front of Lew Cook’s neat desk while he informed me that the selection committee recommended Clara North for Regional Sales Coordinator. “They decided she’s better at team building.” I felt my face turn red as I tried to form a thanks-for-even-considering-me smile. ...
“Team Building In Paradise ” by Sawyer Fox
CW: Swear words. I didn’t even want to come on this stupid work trip. Yet, here I am, staring down at a one-hundred and fifty foot drop towards the ground - with what appears to be a wooden pallet shoddily attached to this tree trunk as the only thing between me and a sure death. I knew this godforsaken trip to Puerto Rico with a bunch of coworkers that I don’t even like was a terrible idea, but Karen insisted. “You should go! This will be a great chance to bond with all of your teammates!” Doesn’t she underst...
“We're All just figuring it Out” by JJ Robinson
"On your tables, each group has a large sheet of paper, writing paper, pens and markers, yes?" asked Marty, the team building and Adventure Ed. leader. The girls sort of half smiled at each other. "What are you making us do?" asked Julia,"Well, that's what I'm here to tell you. We're going to do something that will be easy for some and not so easy for some of you, and that may be where the team building comes in.""It's not going to embarrass us, will it?""I hope not. It's competitive too Julia, so you'll li...
“Two Truths and a Lie” by Paul Wilhite
“Your lawnmower burned my house down.” I tuned the headset volume and hitched myself up in my seat. I was on high alert. I scrunched my stress ball. The customer's voice paused and waited for my next move. My chair squeaked. “I’m so sorry to hear that,” I said. The thing was, at that moment I wasn’t sure if he was kidding. He wasn’t. The customer's voice got really mad and said I had a bad attitude. Our lawnmowers were dangerous and his insurance company sucked and he hated my accent. Something about hold times and his credit rating; he ...
“Everybody Wants to Hear the News” by Margo Harris
Trigger Warning: themes of substance abuse and violence As I stood there watching this team building exercise, I thought of my own team and how it had dissolved not too long ago. See, the group I had wasn’t a bunch of coworkers needing a bonding experience, mine was a group of friends. We used to go out drinking on Wednesdays, because everything was half off. Then, we would do something fun like go bowl...
“Laugh and The Office Will Laugh At You” by Michelle Sholund
Nora, along with her co-workers at a leading advertising company were notified, by email, of an upcoming team building day happing Friday and how it was mandatory to show up at 9:00 am and wear comfortable, casual Friday clothes. No one knew what was going to happen, but it was quite a buzz at the water cooler and break room. The twenty-five employees speculated what it could be or shared apprehension leading up to Frida...
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