It is me, Claude. . .

A French mouse with something to say

Daily Prompt: The Clock

on February 16, 2013

Bonjour mes amis!  Today’s Daily Prompt looked like a lot of fun so I took up zee challenge: Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.” 

I decided to share une histoire about mon amie, Ernie.

It is me, Claude.

It is me, Claude.


Ernie’s Story

I really don’t mind my job at all except that some days there’s really not a lot happening and I get pretty bored. Of course, being a professional at what I do, I am always able to find something to keep me busy. The trick for me is to find something intriguing!

Like last week, they were working on the outside of the building and since my job is security, I had plenty to do watching to make sure my area was secured and checking out who was coming around and making sure they were doing only what they were supposed to do.

There was this one guy I really did not like the looks of. The whole time he was there I just couldn’t shake the feeling that he was up to no good. I had that dude in my sight for hours and never took my eyes off him! One wrong move and I was ready to jump into Solo Swat Team mode! It was actually exhilarating.

That’s the thing about security and surveillance. If you’re on-the-job, you really can’t go do other things and still be watching closely. You just have to continue watching even though most of the time there is nothing happening at all.

You might think that could lead to a lot of daydreaming and playing Angry Birds Star Wars or Drop 7 on your iPhone and stuff like that. But first of all I’m not into electronic devices and games and second, I’m a pretty simple guy you might say. I’m a realist and I don’t daydream, I’m not much on imagining things, I see what I see in front of me and that is all.

This job is perfect for me. I guess you could say I’m fairly serious when I’m at work, but no one’s ever fired me and I’ve never let anyone or anything get out of hand here. Works for me and my boss.

When I”m not handling any situations, I make my rounds through the place, checking out all the rooms, doors, windows. I can know most anything going on just by hearing it which is usually my first clue that I need to go into action.

And that’s what happened today in fact. It was just about the end of my shift and I was really looking forward to being done, maybe go out for a while and try to catch the last of the daylight with a run in the park.

I was definitely distracted with thinking about that. It’s the one thing I’ve never been able to overcome and damned if it doesn’t happen every single day! Excuse my French. It’s the same darn sound that I hear about this same time and I have never been able to keep my cool. I just lose it!

I was wondering what I’ll have for dinner when it happened. I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock. I have no idea what that clock says, but I look at it and the next thing you know–I’m not on top of my game anymore. I’m in an absolute, uncontrolled frenzy! It happens so fast that I don’t even have time to be embarrassed at my behavior and I don’t care either!

“Hi Ernie!” The door to the place opens. “Ready to go out?”

It’s the boss and man, am I glad to see him! We went out to the park and I didn’t even have to wear my leash. That’s how it always turns out and that’s good enough for me!


5 responses to “Daily Prompt: The Clock

  1. Squeak!!! Merci beaucoup, Pattee!

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