Start your story with a big company pulling an April Fools’ prank that ends up going horribly wrong.
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“You Have Been Pranked” by Writer Maniac
Everything has been set up perfectly. I double-checked the ropes and rigs a few minutes back and am currently squished in a bathroom stall with Serena, my only friend in this godforsaken company.I still do fancy her a bit but telling her would probably gain me a slap on the face and a piece of heel lodged up my butt. So, I think it would be safer for me if I just kept my blabbering mouth shut.Today is the best day of the year, April Fools. The day when people damage each other physically and emotionally...
“Regarding the Meat” by Kevin Broccoli
To All Our Loyal Sizzle Me This Customers, Sizzle Me This would like to apologize for any confusion we may have caused yesterday as we made what we thought was a light-hearted joke about a “new burger” we’d be trying out that would be made up of orphan meat. Sizzle Me This would never use orphans to make meat. We would never--nor have we ever--used any kind of human meat ...
“Lottie for Mayor” by Amanda Fox
“And without further ado, I’d like to get straight to the heart of today’s press conference. Lottie the Fainting Goat is throwing her name into the ring for Jasper City Mayor in this year’s elections!” That was my cue. I stiffened my limbs inside the heavy goat costume and flopped onto my side to the gathered crowd’s thunderous applause. Tucker French, the CEO of Thrill Burger, smiled do...
“Disclaimer” by Lani Lane
Jonas Meyers was an asshole.Everyone knew it. The board of directors knew it. The corporate employees and retail workers knew it. Hell, even his (asshole) wife was used to his assholeish ways. But unfortunately, Frank Meyes, Jonas’s father, founded the company sixty ago and passed it on to his son thirty years later. (Frank Meyers was, of course, also an asshole, but as he passed on his company to his asshole son, no one was particularly happy to see him go.)The assholery was so prominent within the Mey...
“Rob a bank” by Ari Berri
“Are you sure this is a good idea?” Ryan asks. “I mean, this can go wrong in so many ways.”“There’s literally no way this can go wrong.” Hazel snaps. Her long brown hair is tied up in a bun. “We have people working with the police, and people working in the bank. I’ve thought of everything.”Hazel’s family owns a very successful bank. However, they have a rival, a different bank owned by a different family. It’s April first, and Hazel has decided to prank them to show how bad of a place the rival family is.There are tw...
“A Fatal Prank-CHECK ” by Jay DMer
The day started off like any other April Fools' Day. Minor pranks like taping the bottom of the faucet and letting all the water squirt up at the person's face and clothes, unplugging the copy machine so others can think it doesn't work and they have to handwrite it, sticky noting a random persons' cubicle, and placing an upside-down cup that says "DON'T MOVE THIS CUP UNLESS YOU’RE GOING TO KILL IT" on someones' desk who's scared of insects but come to find out there isn't anything under it. They're much more pranks that happen at our com...
“The Grind” by Daniel R. Hayes
Every morning I wake up exactly one minute before the alarm goes off. I can’t really explain why this happens, I guess it’s just routine. I stumble out of bed, wishing I could sleep for just a couple more hours. I brush my teeth, take a shower, and get dressed in my red Novak Home Improvement uniform. I don’t have time for breakfast because I’m a working girl, and I’ve got bills to pay. That’s the typical grind, and it never changes. This particular morning, something feels different. I’m not sure what it is,...
“A Call Gone Wrong” by Valerie June
“Do it! Do it! Do it!”“Stop with the chant, boys,” I say, cracking my fingers to prepare for what we’ve all been waiting for.“You too scared Ace?” A boy nicknamed Hunter asks mockingly. I ignore him.“Hand it over.”“Nah, don’t feel like it today,” I say right back to Trampdog’s face. That shuts his muzzle right up.A pretty new member of the gang, a stocky boy of only fifteen years old, shouts, “Lemme do it!”I stand up onto the cold metal bench and wait for them to quiet down by paying close attenti...
“Captain Bounce” by Joshua G. J. Insole
Tristand David grinned at the advert on the side of the bus stop.The Captain Bounce poster mimicked the front page of a newspaper, black and white. Even the fonts matched those of the national rags. The picture — which occupied a good 60 per cent of the poster — showed a family. A father, a mother, two children — a boy and a girl. Of various ethnicities, to try and get the inclusivity vote. Whatever helped sell, Tristand didn’t care. Each hung in suspension, mid-air. Limbs flailed. Hair splayed away from heads, ...
“Who is Ilona Marchenko?” by Darya Silman
IA blast of light swished through towns and villages, turning out electrical devices and making pedestrians' hair stand on end. Babushka Glafira in a small city Aprelovka, Kirov oblast, who just made herself comfortable to watch the 6 am program thought that it was the 1st April joke from her spoilt grandson. But Glafira was a loving grandmother: she decided to wait till 8 am.The grandson's phone was put on mute. A long-desired day-off after a week of pressure and deadlines lay before him. The old exp...
“Two Lines = Pregnant” by Courtney C
"You don't think it's going too far, do you?" Eddie asked, a note of uncertainty in his voice. He had half a mind to talk his friend out of this crazy idea."Relax, it'll be hilarious," Trevor replied, fingers hovering briefly over the confirm button before tapping it decisively. Immediately, the screen was awash in a blue, pulsing light. Tiny blue and pink balloons trailing curlicued ribbons appeared, floating upwards to fill the webpage. Congratulations Pinkblue Employee 562, your order has been processed!
“A Guac to Remember” by Pieter Kreyns
“So,” Thomas smiled as the waiter left. “Introductions are done, what’s next?” Kasey contemplated her answer. Thomas was a decent-looking guy; early 30s, fashionable hair, clothes that were just this side of pretentious. He hadn’t tried too hard to make her laugh yet but he had energy when he talked. And he had flirted just enough with the waitress to ensure good service but not put a damper on the date. She fig...
“A DATE TO REMEMBER ALL DATES” by Neel Anil Panicker
"So that explains this slump_our women users are swiping left, right?”Three pairs of eyes locked eyes with one another; pregnant silence followed. Then, in a perfectly synchronised gesture, all turned their heads towards the centre, and mouthed in unison...YES.The single syllabic word hung in the air for a good sixty seconds, therafter.A deathly silence filled the lake facing gargantuan all glass heart-shaped conference room.The affirma...
“Scapegoat Of Workplace Bullying ” by Santosh Kumar Singh
It was a height of prank never heard of by anyone about such disguisingly prevailing practices in any corporate industry where people occupying higher decision-making positions having 'superiority complex' misuses their authority to malign an employee's image and spoil his corporate career by exercising their respective lobby-dominance in their organization.When 'Dabloo' was issued 'Dismissal Letter' with Malafide Intention by Unprofessional, Inhumane and Cruel HR Department unethically after being exonerated by relevant...
“Journey's End” by Deborah Mercer
It had seen like a good idea at the time. Well, either a good idea or a last desperate roll of the dice when the Eastern Eagles Line was on the point of losing its franchise to operate trains and be gobbled up by one of its larger rivals, though that was a phrase that implied it had any smaller rivals, which it didn’t. Of course, as the Creative Coordinator (who, credit where it’s due, thought the job...
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