Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Q is for...

Q is for....

QUINCY QUACKENBUSH'S QUANDARY

Quenton Quigley checked his cash quarterlies in his quaint old fashioned office when the next quarry of his quixotic temper appeared at the door. It was Quincy Quackenbush, one of a quartet of poorly qualified clerks. He was quaking in his boots waiting for the querulous old man to question him about the quantity of paper that had been used by the outer office in this last quarter.

"Twenty-five quires of quality linen-finished sheets," quoth the old man in his quarrelsome way. He moved his quartz paperweight, picked up his quill and quizzically checked the sets of quadrupled invoices in front of him.

Quickly, Quincy tried to quieten the old man by quoting his office mates.  "Quade says it was only 20 quires", he said, his voice quivering.

"Don't quibble over numbers with me," Quenton retorted, pulling his grandmother's quilt more tightly around his cold legs and trying not to think of the hot quail soup and quiche he knows is waiting for him at his dining table.  He took a quaff of his hot cider that was beside his desk lamp.  He was cold and hungry and Quincy quailed before the hard gleam in the old man's eye.

"I'll dock your pay by five quid this month, I will, and you'll give up your quota of vacation days too," the queer old man added in his quest to quash the extravagance of his employees.

At that, Quincy swiped at the quiff of hair that had fallen over his eyes, drew himself up tall and without even a qualm of nervousness he declared, "No you won't, because I quit!"

This is my entry for ABC Wednesday, begun and maintained by Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger Owen Green.  If you would like to see more interpretations of the letter Q please click HERE.

14 comments:

photowannabe said...

Wow!!!
You definitely win the prize for the use of the most Q words.
A++++ and 3 gold stars!

Roger Owen Green said...

what an intriguing design
and excellent alliteration
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

It feels a lot like Christmas as I read this...

Wonderful entry for the letter Q, and your drawing adds a lot to it.

Island Rambles Blog said...

OK you really won the prize for the best use of q this week...you are very talented with your writing and it is a brain exercise to read it as well...great job!! cheers.

Mara said...

Love the story!

Reader Wil said...

What a great Q story ! You are a real artist. I enjoyed reading the story! It's a Dickenslike composition with a touch of a quaint quality. I see Scrooge stooped over his desk counting his money.
Thank you so much for this delightful story!
I hope you are happy with the outcome of the elections! In Holland we are! We were following the news with all our experts on American politics predicting a neck-and-neckrace. I realise that our politics depends so much on the American policy.
Wil, ABC Team

MorningAJ said...

Quality writing!

Gattina said...

That's a Q masterpiece story, lol !
I regret that my name is not Quackenbush !

snafu said...

I have no qualms in saying that was quintessentially quality writing

Chubskulit Rose said...

Very quaint!

Que Sera Sera
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Joy said...

Without a qualm I'd say yours is the best use of Q words this week. Quality story.

claude said...

A lot of "Q", Chris !!!
I did not mean to do it but on my blog Q is for Quimper.
Beautiful photo of your street wit colors au Fall.

Honest Abe said...

Very difficult for me to read. I had to look up a bunch of "q" words to learn their meaning.

Vagabonde said...

I saw your blog on my French friend Claude. I admired your photos and enjoyed listening to the clip from La Traviata. Three weeks ago we were in Venice, Italy and heard some excerpts, live, from this opera – it was so nice. I also think your little cat Scruffy is so cute. You are a gifted writer – so many Qs!