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STAND BY FOR GLORY, COMRADES

WE'LL SEE THIS MISSION THROUGH TO VICTORY, NO MATTER THE HARDSHIPS

let's use this break to briefly, unrelatedly, ponder what in the fresh hell is going on over in THIS corner of the office today,

just want to let y'all know that today's payload is an absolute masterpiece that i stayed up in bed working on on my phone for an hour and a half after when i was supposed to go to sleep last night

AND I WON'T SPOIL ITS GLORY BY POSTING IT EARLY

YOU'LL SEE IT WHEN MY STRIKE IS SUCCESSFUL

a super old lady i'm vaguely familiar with just passed me in the hall, made direct eye contact, grinned and loudly made some kind of demonic noise, "wrrhooOO!" (silent H)

what the fuck

maybe she was trying to say howareYOUUUU but her mouth was full of sand

so yesterday i tried to print this horse on the top corner of his camel print-out

i snuck over to his stash, carefully extracted the TAINTED ARTIFACT, and loaded it into the printer to be printed upon

.... unfortunately it's a weird shape cuz he cut out his horrible print job to make it look less like shit so all i accomplished was jamming the printer

after which i had to open up the whole damned printer (which is larger than my entire body) to rescue the TAINTED ARTIFACT from it's clutches, and return it to its nest.

there is a vaguely horse-shaped smudge on it, now, but overall the operation was a failure

:pensive_cowboy:

🚨 THE TARGET IS DISCUSSING LUNCH PLANS 🚨

HE IS STRONGLY CONSIDERING JIMMY JOHNS

MY DISGUST, AND CONTEMPT, SURGE EVER HIGHER

🚨 I REPEAT, ALL UNITS REPORTING OPERATIONAL SUCCESS 🚨

WE NOW AWAIT THE TARGET'S RETURN

OVER AND OUT, HOO RAH

ONE OF THE TARGET'S MAIN SUSPECTS, WHO NORMALLY WORKS FROM A DIFFERENT OFFICE, STOPPED BY FOR A VISIT

I COULDN'T HAVE PLANNED THIS BETTER

he's gonna be absolutely convinced this guy is responsible when he hears he was here from his cube neighbor

🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎:jhorse:🐎

THE TARGET HAS RETURNED

I REPEAT, THE TARGET HAS RETURNED

YEEEEEEHAW

as if to prove the message on the payload as correct as possible, he hasn't fucking noticed it

I WILL NOT ABANDON MY POST UNTIL I WITNESS HIS REACTION TO TODAY'S OPERATION

I WILL STARVE IN THIS CHAIR BEFORE I MISS THIS MOMENT, THIS IS MY SOLEMN VOW TO YOU ALL,

i casually let him know he's "been horsed again".

"i got horsed??! damn! how long's that been there!"

he hasn't gotten up to look at it yet, perhaps awaiting his cube neighbor's return

"HEY TOM. I GOT HORSED AGAIN."

"you got horsed??"

"yeah"

"CARLOS."

"you think?"

"it HAD to be"

"i think it's ZOEY. only common denominator."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HE IS WRITING ON THE SHEET WITH A LARGE RED MARKER?????? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

IS HE DOING ALGEBRA TO PROVE MY GUILT????

HE HAS PUT ASIDE ALL WORK TO PONDER THE PAGE

HE IS ROTATING BACK AND FORTH IN HIS CHAIR, SHEET IN ONE HAND, MARKER IN THE OTHER, DEEP IN CONTEMPLATION

"i didn't even notice it...."

"?"

"look at this! 7/9? 10/22? they put the saddle, and then the guy... I didn't even notice it! did you?"

"i didn't notice all that, no!"

"i know it's not you, now. huh. goddamn."

i can barely make out their words.. something about the camels, and retirement, and pension

"no fun!"

"...."

"all I know is that horse is mine! taking it with me!"

"-inaudible-"

"taking it with me!"

"that's a good retirement gift right there, it is"

"not giving them the chance! not-"

"yeah, that'll-"

"-inaudible-"

"--make the announcement, then maybe--"

"All I know is that'll maybe force the situation, working from home all the time"

"somebody knows! somebody knows!!"

i know he's planning to go on vacation for the next two weeks, but maybe he plans to work from home full-time next year until retirement ... and he thinks somebody is gonna take the horse back while he's on vacation

LITTLE DOES HE KNOW

THERE'S TWO MORE HORSES

AWAITING

"who was standing by my cube today?"

"nobody!"

me: "carlos came by"

"CARLOS CAME BY???"

"Carlos came by! He was here!"

"IT'S CARLOS. ITS GOTTA BE."

"WE GOT THE SUSPECT"

"so look, here's today's horse. so the thing is, i got the plain horse in july.... but then..."

"HE'S BEEN DOING THIS THE WHOLE TIME!??"

"YEP. YEP."

"you know, i THOUGHT that looked different... i didn't remember the little guy on there..."

"i THOUGHT it was Tom, but he was at lunch WITH me today, and i got horsed!"

"it's CARLOS. he's always in town on wednesdays for that meeting..."

"this is every TUESDAY though"

"is it? i thought it was wednesday"

"nope! nope! every tuesday. it's like a... pre-humpday."

"maybe he's in early for that meeting?"

"I dunno, I dunno. Now we gotta go back and check if Carlos was in town on these months..."

"i'm telling you, we got him. we got him. the suspect has been caught."

it is all i can do to face away from them and hide my laughter right now oh my god

focusing on transcribing their S-tier detective work is the only thing keeping me from cackling like an insane banshee

i think he only accused me earlier to see if I'd crack and give away the game

BUT MY PROFESSIONALISM IS BEYOND REPROACH, GOOD SIR

I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THIS, THE ONLY WORK I PUT ANY EFFORT INTO,

"CARLOS. ____. he was here last tuesday, he was here today. Horse."

"it's him!"

"did you notice the horse changes???"

"oh my god"

"no saddle. not even the saddle!"

"this note shows up."

"have you perchance checked the date recently! i'm not following"

"guess what DAY it is"

"and then HE shows up (rider?)"

"7/19 the horse, 10/22.... So the person who was doing this took the time to take pictures historically...

"CARLOS."

"that horse is mine! it's coming down to my house after i retire"

"i SWORE it was Troy, lying to me, but NAH, it's CARLOS."

......

......

"now CARLOS is saying it's YOU."

"he's lying. he's lying. where would i get a horse from??"

"hell yeah he's lying. it's fuckin him -laughing-"

"Carlos is going to the iron throne!!! (???)"

"he's so full of shit. we got him. we got him."

THE TRIBUNAL IS IN FULL SWING

"well Carlos says it ain't him. so SOMEbody's LYIN."

"he was here last tuesday, he was here today! Tom was at lunch with you... it sure as hell ain't me. it's carlos!"

"he's mad about getting pranked all the time and this is his attempt at retribution"

"i still can't believe the saddle wasn't there...."

🚨 THE TRIBUNAL HAS DISCOVERED THE EXISTENCE OF SANDWICHES IN THE BREAK ROOM 🚨

THEY ARE SOON TO DEPART, ON A MISSION TO, "CHECK OUT THE GOODS"

NOW IS MY CHANCE TO FIND WHAT HE WAS WRITING WITH THAT MARKER

they haven't left yet

"...yeah, see, this one came with a message that 'i ain't all that observant', pictures of all the horsings"

"yeeeehaw, pardner..."

"the whole damned time. the whole damned time."

"i can't believe he's pulled this off so far"

"WE GOT HIM NOW, WE GOT HIM NOW"

"of course it was Carlos the whole time, of course it was"

THE FIRST ONE HAS PEELED AWAY TOWARDS THE SANDWICHES

IS IT TIME???

LOCKED AND LOADED FOR WHEN HE RETURNS IN JANUARY

LOCKED 🐎

AND 🐎

LOADED 🐎

our team's holiday lunch is tomorrow

Carlos previously declined the meeting

BUT, I JUST CHECKED, AND HE'S SINCE REVERSED AND ACCEPTED IT

WE'RE IN FOR A BUMPY ROAD TOMORROW FOLKS

I MIGHT GET RUMBLED

"okay so back in July, this horse is sitting here. Without the girl or the saddle. No explanation."

"no saddle?"

"and then on Wednesdays, I put up these signs... Humpday."

"and then THESE started showing up. have you perchance checked the DATE. guess what day it is. perhaps you missed it. and then THIS ONE shows up."

"hmmm"

"yeehaw partner, guess ya ain't all that observant. they took the TIME to take pictures every time..."

"oh my god"

"i REALLY thought it was Tom. But it ain't."

"Yeah that smells like Tom"

"he was at lunch with me!"

"he's got an accomplice. hey Tom, you got an accomplice?"

"they talking shit about you back here Tom!"

"Carlos is still denying it??"

"yeah he's blaming it on ME."

"he's blaming it on Steve"

"still denying it. Just remember y'all, one day you're gonna get CAUGHT."

"well i ain't have to worry about that"

"what's gonna happen when you go on vacation? they gotta do something big"

"Tom's gonna send a real horse to your fuckin house"

Follow

"you needa set up a camera to record them"

"I did!! I did!! I've got my tablet set up with a timelapse to watch! but i didn't put it up today! i didn't put it up today and i got HORSED."

"doesn't matter. we know it's carlos. just a matter of time now."

"i'm TAKING this horse home with me. he ain't gettin this thing back. nuh uh. no way. it's MINE now."

"it's a pretty nice horse actually yeah"

"wait, is the rider a girl?"

"yup! yup!"

"oh damn i never even noticed that..."

"Carlos..."

"yep"

"Denying?"

"Yep! Says it's Steve."

"he's in town all week, huh, cause he's going to lunch with us!"

"yyyyyep!"

"we'll break him down tomorrow. we'll get it out of him"

"tell him we dusted the hoofprints. tell him he left the EVIDENCE behind. he'll fall for it."

AAAAAAAAAAAA TOMORROW IS GONNA BE ROUGH I KNEW IT

the fact that they've been discussing this nonstop for the last 2 hours with anyone who happens to wander past tells you exactly how much work gets done in this place

i think next time i'll have to stay late on a monday, and leave the payload there after everyone else goes home -- he's never here on mondays, only one of them is

i'll miss the initial reaction but i'll get him discussing it with the others all day once i'm here

HMMMM

plenty of time to plan it out, at any rate

THE NEXT HORSEDAY OPERATION WON'T BE TIL JANUARY 7TH, DUE TO HOLIDAY INTERFERENCE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, FOLKS

HAPPY FUCKIN HORSEDAY Y'ALL

OVER AND OUT, HOOOOOO RAH

the horses are a frequent topic of conversation at every team meeting

he suspects everyone around him

all of them suspect someone named Brent who works on a different floor

very little suspicion is directed at me

jokes about Carlos doodling horses in his notebook are common, and expected, but i don't think anyone seriously suspects him at this point (they probably grilled him yesterday morning)

we all know where he lives, so he says he's expecting a severed horse head on his doorstop while he's on vacation

🚨 HAPPY CRIMBUS Y'ALL 🚨

i snuck into the dark creepy building with no power on xmas for this

HOO RAH

walking up unpowered escalators is fuckin creepy in a dark ass lobby btw

i went back again folks

🐎🐎🐎 HOWDY CHRISTMAS AND A CLOPPY NEW YEAR 🐎🐎🐎

(:ec:)

the sad thing is

he's gonna get back to work on the 6th

unaware that horseday shenanigans have happened on both holiday Tuesdays

and he's gonna get in at like 5 or 6 AM like the lunatic that he is

so we don't get to witness his initial reaction to any of it

i'm at a cracker barrel and i'm quite certain that my co-worker could use a nice candle to brighten up his desk

"you got any horse stuff?"

me: "probably not, eh? no one's been here for three weeks"

"yep. yep. remember my note? 'leave cash next time'? they left THIS."

"...where do you even get stuff like that?"

"i have no idea. no clue."

"amazon?"

"and they bought me a $20 book too! somebody's willing to spend MONEY on this prank."

"the perfect horse..." (he snorts loudly)

me: "is that a note?"

"yep. yep."

"handwriting. that's evidence!"

me: "you gotta compare that to people's handwriting around here"

"looks like a lady's handwriting to me... dudes don't write like that. look at the a's. right zoey?"

me: "yeah, looks like it. don't recognize it though"

"yeah exactly, no one writes shit these days, it's all electronic. this doesn't help"

"i bet it's Donna."

(skeptical, pointing) "Donna???"

"no, not that Donna, prankster Donna."

"hmmmm. yeah, maybe. i dunno when she's even been up here though."

"i still say it's Carlos."

i had Lux write the note (@dubsteppenwolf) and she intentionally wrote differently and carefully, he'll never find someone to compare it to cuz it's written by someone he's never met

lol

godsdamnit i just heard him shouting "DONNA. DONNA." and realized that the big heated discussion for the last hour I've been ignoring with headphones switched from work to horses at some point and i missed it

woops

they're talking about the horses

"[...] heck, i was a little disappointed yesterday, when nothing appeared. i was waiting for it. waiting for it."

"it *was* tuesday"

"yep. yep. somehow someway donna or brian know i'm onto them. i ain't stressed about it, don't bother me none."

"well *I* think it's Brent."

"Brent?"

"Brent."

"it couldn't be! here, look at this handwriting. you think *that's* from *Brent*???"

"hrmmm."

"why didn't i get horsed yesterday? i swear they know when i have the camera up and they don't come anywhere near here. they know."

"but how could they know?"

"cuz one of YOU are an ACCOMPLICE."

laughter all around

THE TARGET IS EATING A SNACK IN THE KITCHEN

THE TIME HAS COME TO STRIKE

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@killeveryhetero if this goes on long enough, you should do something special for World Horse Day (March 1)

@killeveryhetero to think u can accurately predict when a wild horse will arrive is just hubris. a wild horse arrives when it wants

yellin 

@killeveryhetero This thread is top to bottom a magnificent work of art, holy shit, this is inspired and inspiring

@killeveryhetero this is the most incredible thread on this website

@killeveryhetero @dubsteppenwolf I keep expecting the house of cards to come tumbling down any week now, but you somehow remain one step ahead

@killeveryhetero after seeing this toot, I was like "I wonder where this all began" and went to the start of the thread...

What a ride. Bravo.

@killeveryhetero No offense to Regular Donna, but I'll bet Prankster Donna is a lot more fun to work with.

@killeveryhetero I'm always impressed at the mildly terrifying stuff you find in a Cracker Barrel gift shop.

@BalooUriza check this rad shit out then

i came very close to buying or stealing this cuz, i mean, look at it!!!

@killeveryhetero I’ve just read through this entire thread and it really is next-level shit, I’m in awe

@killeveryhetero thanks, this was the best Christmas present ever.

@killeveryhetero

Saw people talking about this thread all day, and I (a fool) thought, "well it can't be THAT funny."

But yeehaw if I wasn't wrong.

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