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There was nothing so cruel as the Friday sales meeting. If it had been any other day of the week it would have been just boring, but the 2:00 PM sales meeting with the weekend in sight never failed to drag on interminably. Peter was surprised that more people hadn't thrown themselves off the roof of the building due to the meeting's grinding monotony. It was that much of a waste of time.

As usual, Peter was the first one in the conference room. Everyone else dragged their feet in getting there, but Peter was punctual by habit. At least this way he could get a seat down the table and away from his boss Dave, but not so far away that he'd probably get called on frequently to make sure he was still paying attention.

"Hey Pete, what up?" Gina said as she breezed into the conference room. Gina was one of his fellow sales reps and a bright presence in the office. Though she got her work done, Gina was usually good for some light banter to break up the tedium of the day. She had wavy brown hair and green-brown eyes with skin that had slight tan. She was pretty attractive, though Gina was a pudgy kind of girl. She was short and compact with some added pounds on her frame. Gina knew how to party too. He'd seen that firsthand at some of the sales team "meetings" on Fridays after 5:00 at the nearby sports bar. Some of the pictures that had been posted on the kitchen bulletin board of Gina at said events were pure gold.

"Not much, you?" Peter replied.

"I want to tear my hair out over Baxter" Gina groaned, referencing one of her major clients, "Mary is driving me absolutely nuts. She sends me like five questions a day and I'm all like, 'Dude, you need to slow this down if you want me to answer anything.' I mean it's five emails a day. It's absolutely ridiculous."

Peter smiled sympathetically. He used to have Baxter as one of his clients and was well aware of the fact that their point of contact could be borderline insane. He wasn't too disappointed that he didn't have to deal with them anymore, though he wished that Gina hadn't gotten that hot mess dumped on her desk. There were a lot more annoying people on the team who deserved the Baxter account a lot more than she did.

"Yeah, sometimes I just ignored Mary's emails. She figures about half of them out on her own," Peter replied.

"Can I just ignore all of them?" Gina asked with a mischievous grin. She suddenly got up from her seat at the conference table and headed back towards the door. "I'll be right back."

"Where are you going?" one of the other sales reps asked as she came into the conference room.

"I'm gonna go get the rest of that Chinese food from lunch," Gina explained.

"Didn't we just eat like an hour ago?" the saleswoman pointed out.

"Fat girl's gotta eat," Gina said unapologetically as she passed by Peter's chair.

Peter raised an eyebrow at the comment as he followed Gina's bouncing bubble butt out the door. The black pants that Gina was wearing today were rather tight, presenting an enticing view of her posterior. It was a pretty fine ass, Peter had to admit. It was so nice and pert and round. Yeah, a little on the big side, but still hot. He quickly broke off his gaze. That was probably a sexual harassment lawsuit in the making if he wasn't careful.

A few minutes later Gina came back in, balancing a couple of paper takeout boxes and a fork. She plopped down in a chair opposite from Peter and opened the boxes, immediately releasing twin clouds of steam into the air. She inhaled the aroma deeply. "God, I love Chinese food," she said.

"What've you got?" Peter asked.

"Sweet and sour chicken and Mandarin fried rice," Gina said as she dug in with her fork, "I had some wantons, but I ate all of those already."

"Okay, guys, let's get things started," Dave, the sales team lead, said as he came into the conference room and took his seat at the head of the table.

The meeting fell into the usual tedious pattern. Though Peter kept one ear open to follow the agenda, he definitely didn't give it his full attention. He was much more interested in watching Gina with the leftovers of her lunch—out of the corner of his eye so as not to make it too obvious. Gina kept up a continual parade of food into her mouth as she listened and took notes. The longer she ate, the more amazed Peter was at how much Gina was consuming. This was no mere snack. She was having a whole meal. And this was on top of a lunch that hadn't even been a couple hours ago. Curiously, Gina exhibited no shame as she inhaled the chicken and rice. Then again, Gina hadn't been all that ashamed when she'd called herself a fat girl a few minutes ago.

As Gina listened and chewed, Peter noticed that there was a definite softness around Gina's chin. The movement of her jaw had drawn his attention to it, making him wonder if that little bit of extra flesh had been there for a while or if it was a recent development. It wasn't exactly a double chin, but if she kept up eating like this Peter was pretty sure she'd have one before long. Gina's chubbiness around her neck was actually kind of cute. She already had a round face so it fit her well, Peter reflected. Yeah, it fit her well.

Halfway through the meeting Gina's fork scraped the bottom of both of the cardboard cartons. She had absolutely inhaled her food. Peter was dumbstruck. He tried to turn his attention back to whatever useless information Dave was spewing forth at the moment, but he found himself continuing to glance over at Gina as she took notes. A couple of times she happened to look over at him and their eyes would meet for a second and Gina would smile. Peter could tell she thought the weekly sales meeting was just as much of a colossal waste of time as he did. The fact that they silently bonded over this fact helped to make things pass somewhat quicker, but not much. It was still Friday afternoon after all.

"Okay, great work guys," Dave said, finally wrapping things up, "Have a good weekend."

Everybody began to gather their things to get back to work for a couple hours before they clocked out, Peter included. He wanted to return a couple calls so he could leave in good conscience. Before he could even get out of his seat, he heard his name called.

"Pete, you got a couple minutes? I've got a few questions about the Baxter account," Gina said from across the table, "You've worked with them before, so I'd appreciate your expertise."

"Sure, no problem," Peter said without any hesitation. It seemed those phone calls weren't quite so important and his conscience not quite so nagging anymore.

"Great, let me just get some notes from my office. Be back in a sec," Gina said, standing up.

Peter's eyes were drawn towards Gina's bulging middle now that it wasn't hidden by the conference table. The ring of flab pressed tightly against the tan fabric of her button-up top. It was a pretty solidly thick tummy she had on her. He wondered how stressed they were given the jelly belly they had to hold back, but Gina moved too fast for Peter to get a look. Not only did Gina seem unashamed of how much she ate, she also didn't hide her body beneath loose or baggy clothes. Peter had always known that Gina was a firecracker with the way she'd tell jokes (some of which were wildly inappropriate and equally hilarious) around the office and how much she could knock back at the bar. On a daily basis he usually heard her laughter cascade the entire length of the halls in the office. Yet somehow it now felt like he'd underestimated her, like there was something to Gina he hadn't ever noticed before.

Peter decided that it wouldn't do to keep staring at Gina when she came back. They'd be the only two people in the room and it would be pretty obvious if he did. Peter knew he needed to get his mind on something other than Gina. The only thing he had on hand was his smartphone, so Peter flipped through his email. He was going through his news alerts when Gina came back into the conference room. Peter forced himself not to look over at her. She seemed to be just finishing a conversation with someone in the hall.

"…think I'm getting too fat for it," Gina finished offhandedly.

Christ, it took all of Peter's self control to not whip his head around at hearing that. He needed a new topic of conversation, fast. "You hear that Thornton's gonna run for President?" Peter asked. He'd just read about it so it was as good a diversion as any. "Finally announced it."

"Eh, good for him I guess," Gina said disinterestedly, "I don't really care for politics that much."

Peter looked up and found Gina setting down a small stack of papers—and a large bag of mini Hershey chocolate bars. His jaw nearly hit the table. She'd just had an entire second lunch and now she'd brought along enough candy to get through an evening of Halloween trick-or-treating in a moderately populated neighborhood?

It must have been clear that Peter was eying all that chocolate. "Want some?" Gina offered, turning the opening of the bag so they could both reach inside, "Had to raid the emergency stash. I'm starving today."

Krackel, dark chocolate, Mr. Goodbar, and regular classic Hershey's milk chocolate all mingled together inside the two pound bag in dainty, individual foil wrappings. Gina had already grabbed a handful and had unwrapped one so she could pop it into her mouth. To be polite, Peter grabbed a couple from the bag as Gina flipped through her notes.

"So, about Baxter, the problem with them is that they can never get their act together. I mean, they start off saying that they want to commit to $1.5 million a year, but then…"

Peter found himself only paying half attention. He knew that he was going to have to actually listen to Gina so he could actually answer her questions, but the fact was that he couldn't take his eyes off Gina's cleavage. She had the top two buttons of her blouse open—had they been undone before?—and that showed off a lot of cleavage. So much so that it was pushing the bounds of the professional attire standards around the office. There was a lot of bosom on Gina and praise the good Lord for that. As Gina talked she shifted in her chair occasionally, treating Peter to the sight of that magnificent rack bouncing ever so slightly, but oh so seductively. It was only through superhuman effort that Peter realized that Gina was coming to the end of her question and was able to launch into some sort of coherent reply that hopefully addressed her issue.

As the meeting progressed Gina kept reaching for more and more of those bite-sized chocolate bars. The short sleeves on her blouse showed off plenty of her upper arm, which wobbled and wiggled every time she went for more of Hershey's finest offerings. It was only a slight jiggle, but still noticeable.

Pretty soon Peter bowed to the inevitable and finally looked at the buttons. After all, his curiosity had already been piqued by those magnificent melons, which had weakened his willpower considerably. Peter found by way of several glances that those buttons were under quite a bit of duress. Rather than sit contentedly and happily in their holes, the buttons were pulled taut. Clearly there wasn't as much fabric as there aught to be in that shirt.

"Okay, I think that just about does it, thanks," Gina said wrapping things up, "Hopefully I can get Baxter under control and then maybe I won't have a mountain of papers on my desk because I can actually do the rest of the job."

"You'll get it down soon enough," Peter said, "You're asking the right questions and it'll get easier once you get used to their quirks."

Gina looked at her watch. "Damn, I was hoping it'd already be 5:00."

"If only we were so lucky," Peter said sympathetically as he gathered his own things.

"I was really hoping we could just head straight to the bar from here," Gina said.

Peter looked up to find Gina smiling at him. That was when he knew that she knew. And he smiled back.

This story was inspired by an actual comment that was made by a coworker, as well as a couple other events. It was more a jumping off point than anything else, but it was just such a perfect, offhand moment that I knew I had to write at least a few pages about it. I knew I wanted this to be a shorter work, so I tried to pack as much in as I could. As a result, I edited this twice to really massage the language and squeeze everything I could out of it. I'm not sure it's one of my better works, but I thought I'd share it with you all anyways.
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mdy73 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
NICE STORY!!!
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The-Id Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
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Samurai762 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
another great one from the id.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
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GojulasRage Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I LOVE THIS. I NEED TO MORE TO READ.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
About Gina or in general?
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GojulasRage Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Gina.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like it. It seems as if Gina is comfortable with both her 'excess' weight, and with continuing to gain more. She reads like a delightful person, one I would not have minded having around my own workplace. I also liked that open ending. If you do more with this, I'd be happy to read it.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I definitely wanted to leave an open, but suggestive ending. It gives the readers possibilities that they can fill in as they see fit. :) I also like the fact that Gina herself is somewhat ambiguous--is she being self-deprecating or proud of her size and figure? Or do you think it comes across clearly one way on that score?

However, I do think that I'd enjoy spending time with a Gina myself! :D
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You give us that second time, and I'm CERTAIN to read it.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Believe it or not, there was a discussion over lunch yesterday regarding who should and should not be wearing bikinis in the office...and then a discussion the week before about certain outfits bringing out curves in a good way...

Yes, this is a good office I work in. :D
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bhut Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Nice short story! I liked it a lot!
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samster2009 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Great work...love it!
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Barkis1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Well that was fun!
Hope you hear something!
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m4ttr1k4n Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I'm interested by the change of scenery (the office, not the women :P ) in this one

Perhaps it's that I'm used to longer pieces of work, but this did strike me as a little lackluster. Almost to the point where this read a little like a checklist of once-overs and generalities. I mean, don't get me wrong, that isn't a bad thing, but it wasn't quite what I'd pin as your style. That, combined with the occasionally vague descriptions lower it a little in my eyes.

And, purely as a side note, the adverb + adjective description was really tripping me up. Might just be that I'm tired, but it seemed to break the flow for me. (Example: "pretty solidly thick")

Cheers to the Thornton reference. Looking forwards to see where that goes from here. (Way to make politics interesting, Mr. Id, sir)
As always, though, it's nice to see new writing, and it's not like it's bad by any means. More like an 8/10, rather than a 9.5 :)
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Those are valid points. This story wasn't strongly grounded in anything other than a chance comment that suggested a story to me. Unlike other works, this one didn't actually have a clear "story" to it. However, I couldn't find a way to make it better without having it become a full-blown production, you know what I mean?

Description has been something I've labored with recently. I apparently got back on track with Pippa, but there are only so many words and I'm not surprised that I came across as somewhat vague. However, it's very interesting that you should make a comment regarding the adverb adjective combination! I had not thought of that at all! I think part of it had to do with the conversational tone that I assumed for this piece. I'll make a note of that for the future.

And as for Thornton, that was one of the things I wanted to include with the story. It's actually setting up a much better Thornton moment in my next work, believe it or not! And glad that you've enjoyed the politics. I take it you've followed the Senator's career for some time now? ;)
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m4ttr1k4n Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
That I can understand. I myself have a lot of trouble with writing short pieces of fiction, regardless of what it's based in, because it just sort of takes off in my mind, or is lacking filling and becomes nothing. So that you're able to keep a piece punctual is an accomplishment in my eyes. The description in your writing is usually enough and in the right places, so what you don't explicitly outline our imagination can easily fill in... to reference your older work, the scenes you bother to write through fully in Tara wouldn't be the same without you doing so, but what you don't describe, like the drapes in the restaurant, we can fill in without problem, and the story flows just the same.
The tone of this one, jumping between a mental monologue and a first person recollection, just feels a little odd to me. And yes, while I'm not sure how common it is, in this piece, adverb adjective back to back just doesn't work for me.

I have been following his career with some interest, and look forwards to seeing more of him soon! He does seem to bring an interesting cast of characters with him, so it's always a fun ride.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ha ha! Drapes in the restaurant, love it. If you don't mind my asking, where did you feel that the vagueness was? Was it in the description of Gina? Elsewhere that you would have liked to get more? I'd be really interested in your thoughts, for future reference.

Got it, I see where the tone might have felt off. I appreciate the feedback on the perspective. That's helpful.
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m4ttr1k4n Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Happy to provide feedback, particularly when asked for. Truth be told, I was a little apprehensive to start nitpicking over details... while I didn't expect fire and brimstone, it's uncommon to see a negative comment on your work, so I was unsure how well it'd go over. Glad to see it's no issue.

I would have liked to see a little more description into the office or the workspace, just enough to make the conference room more than an ambiguous box with a table inside. Also on the third coworker who appears into the scene where Gina fetches her second lunch (had a bit of a double take there, they just seem to appear. Just a name, maybe, would be enough?)
As to Gina, the only part that felt lacking in her description was actually in the very beginning. Normally is seems that you establish that the character is a person first and foremost, that they carry some weight and how they hold it, second. While the hair and eye color, build and basic shape was nice, compared to how you normally describe the entire face, actually humanize the character, it was lacking. To simplify, she felt less like a character we could associate with, and just well shaped meat with a bit of personality.

Happy to help comment and critique where I can. If there's anything else, here or in other pieces, you'd like me to run over, it'd be no problem. Particularly because I've read them already, but I also enjoy doing this :P
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I actually sometimes feel that I get a little too much positive feedback from people. Not to say that I don't like it! I just wish I'd get a bit more constructive criticism sometimes. Anyone who can't take well intentioned criticism should rethink putting their works out there to be read (now, people flaming others or being mean-spirited is a different thing altogether, of course).

Those are very good points about the description and where I didn't have it! That's very helpful. I think I threw some of that out the window because I just wanted to get right to the point, you know? I think the fact that you feel that I didn't give Gina enough humanity and perhaps objectified her more than I should have is very telling and the heart of things there.

Oh, that coworker was named Anne, but since she only had one line I decided I didn't really need to say so. ;)
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JellyIdol Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, you really are spoiling us of late! XD

Cracking, as always. Couldn't resist the Thornton inclusion... ;)
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, you have all gotten quite spoiled! And actually, that Thornton reference was one of the reasons I decided to write a little short, one off piece. It has implications for the next story. :D
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JellyIdol Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next story...?! ;)
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. I'm already crafting it, though I haven't begun writing yet. :D
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JellyIdol Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have to say, you've just given me impetus to return to Twyford!
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Anything in particular do it for you?
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JellyIdol Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh? I meant your renewed writing spirit has made me wanna get on with my own story XD
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The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I meant was there any particular part of the story that's caused you to want to get writing again? :)
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BG-Googly Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
this story was absolutely magnificent! I must ask if there will be anymore parts?
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No plans at this time, but you never know. I wouldn't get your hopes up.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not only is it very enjoyable as written, but I'd like to see more of Gina, in at least three senses, more story, more weight, and more bosom (As she eats, buttons might pop). Peter is a lucky man.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really don't intend to ever write anything else about it so as to let your imaginations all run wild, but you never know what I might hear in the office one day that could inspire me. ;)
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WilsonB Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
A very sexy character study, with lots of well-visualized description. Kudos!
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you! I'm very glad that you enjoyed it!
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COKE-ZER0 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Another classic from The-Id.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I'm honored that dashing off less than four pages gets classic status!
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Nothing2Say1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I was just wishing to read something that wasn't a poem. Thanks.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad that I was able to make that wish come true. It was either that or curing world hunger. ;) But really, poetry's never been my forte.
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Nothing2Say1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
haha, everyone's got to have priorities :D

Mine either -_-
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
Pretty darn awesome, I gotta say :D Keep up the good work!
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
You're very welcome! :D
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T-Danger Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
A really nice little story. I hope we see more of this girl.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I doubt it, but you never know. :)
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TAPSketchBBW Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Whoot! What an aweome short story to wake up to on a Sat morning! Excellent as always! I really enjoyed Peter's internal musings and Gina's personality.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you! I thought that people could enjoy Peter from the point of view of is-he-or-isn't-he, a nice little tension for the reader of trying to figure out exactly what he does think. And I'm glad that Gina came across as a nice personality, despite not having much room to develop it!
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DrZock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
This is just charming. I'm really glad you chose to polish and share this. I wouldn't mind seeing more of these two, in fact. But if this is all there is, it's certainly a great little stand-alone story.
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The-Id Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's likely all that there is to tell...but you never know what else I might hear around the office that could inspire me. ;)

Glad you liked it!
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