I wear sneakers on my way to and from work, and keep a pair of shoes at the office.
But this morning I arrived at the office to find my turquoise flats missing, and in their place, a piece of paper:
Did it fall out of a submission? Where were my shoes?!
I went to the website:
(The caption says, “MM: follow the star!”)
Ok, I am a little bit known for pranks around the office. Who left stick-on moustaches on all of the office’s wall art? Who hid a dozen donuts in a colleague’s files, papers, shelves, and desk, and then invited her department to interrupt her to look for them? Yes, it was me.
So I’m kind of due, right? However, I firmly believe that no amount of justified karma precludes revenge. Revenge is its own reward.
Next to my computer, one of our Christmas books, standing out of place on my desk. Hmm.
I open the book.
“…leading to invisible…
“…shoes sits within…
“…a man who went to the far side of the moon. (first floor book room.)
“…marked above the number nine…
“…lies one non-verbal explanation.”
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon is a Chronicle book (and a really good one, too, in case you’re looking for something about astronauts).
I hustle down to the first floor book room, where there is just one copy of The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon on the shelf (it’s the silver one you can’t read in this photo).
And on page 9, I find a piece of tracing paper with little circles on it:
The circled letters spell: “Go to the Library.” This is, of course, not a non-verbal clue. Is it a red herring? Did the orchestrator of this hunt just change his or her mind?
Blast it, it’s too early for all these stairs. Up to the fourth floor. I find one of our rolling easels, on which someone has been writing notes about our projected yearly gross revenue. But underneath that:
“MM: you’ll find what you’re looking for under the 3rd floor stairs.”
And I did. Down the stairs to the awards shelf, I find my shoes tucked in like little trophies. The happy ending:
And the happiest ending: REVENGE.
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