Penelope unzipped her leather day planner, slipped her index finger under the photo bookmark and flipped the pages. She scanned her agenda. Budget meeting at 9AM, project meeting at 11AM, lunch with Dennis. She groaned. She had forgotten about Dennis Stroebel. He was pompous and chauvinistic, but was responsible for her generous bonus check. She couldn’t afford to lose this client, no matter how annoyed she got.
“Are you coming to the meeting, or what?”
Speaking of annoyed. “Of course, Sarah.” Penelope flipped her planner closed. She stood up and slid the book into the crook of her arm.
“You’re bringing that dinosaur?” Sarah rolled her eyes. “You should consider joining this century.”
You should consider minding your own business, Penelope wanted to say. Instead, she stopped to grab her coffee, giving Sarah a several step lead.
By the time they reached the boardroom, there were only two empty seats- right next to each other. She’d have to endure Sarah for the next hour. Penelope took a sandstone coaster from the holder in the middle of the table and placed her insulated coffee mug on it. She sat, then opened her day planner and slid her favorite pen from the leather holder. She glanced around the room. She saw touch-screen tablets, a Blackberry or two and several iPhones. Instead of pens, rubber-tipped styluses rested on the table.
Penelope turned toward Sarah, who’d just spilled her coffee. The creamy mocha spread across the table toward the chorus of gasps.
Sarah plucked her tablet off the table and attempted to dry it with her skirt. The screen went black. She tried to power it on, but it didn’t respond. “Ohhh, it’s ruined!” she moaned.
Penelope grabbed the leftover napkins from the last business lunch. She lifted her planner and wiped the leather cover dry; the paper pages were unharmed. “Well,” she looked at Sarah, “I guess it’s not extinct after all.”
Penelope smiled. “I’d be happy to take notes for you.”
This is my entry in the Trifecta weekly writing prompt challenge. This week, we were asked to write a 33 to 33 word response (mine came in at 333 words) using “dinosaur” with the following definition: one that is impractically large, out-of-date, or obsolete.
If you want to submit your own entry to the challenge, click the Tricycle picture to view the complete instructions on Trifecta’s website.
One final note: I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read (and vote) for my weekend entry. It took second place in the community-voted challenge. (I thought first place was funny…it got one of my votes :))