The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 70

She folded her napkin and smoothed it on her lap. “I still don’t know what you do,” she said.

He appeared from the kitchen, set two delightful plates, took a seat and said, “I’m an enginerr.”

She laughed. “You mean engineer?”

He shook his head. “Enginerr. I inject obvious design flaws for the managers to spot.” He shrugged. “It keeps them feeling productive and lets the rest of the team stay focused.”

She laughed nervously. “I’ve never heard of that.”

He smiled.

“Oh,” she said. “I have two spoons here. You forgot the fork.”

“Did I?” he said.

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 69

“I apologize for my tardiness,” he said. “I was delayed.”

“Traffic?” she asked.

“No.”

“Family matter? I hope everything is alright.”

“No, no, nothing like that. It was a critical essay on some far-reaching ideas.”

“Aaaand this required your immediate attention.”

He nodded and took a seat. “It demanded to be read.”

She squinted. “I think we need to discuss the notion of urgency.”

“A favorite topic.”

“For example, a critical essay on far-reaching ideas sounds wonderful. Not urgent.”

“Heavens, no. It’s far more important than the urgent matters with which we so readily occupy ourselves.”

“But you understand that important matters and urgent matters are different things.”

“Agreed. Absolutely. One hundred percent.”

Her lips grew thin. “As long as we have our priorities straight.”

“A most important concern.” He winked and touched his nose.

“Moving on then.”

He smiled. “I’m glad we had this chat.”