The Brilliant Buffoon

Genre: Humor

“Did you see him? Sitting on the podium picking his nose as the chief spoke! I couldn’t believe my eyes!”

“Who didn’t? His secretary nudged him… too late though.”

“That man might be a brilliant scientist but he needs 101 on social etiquette. I feel sorry for his secretary – desperately trying to keep him from trouble while he handpicks the choicest of moments. Remember him snoring at the charity musical?”

“Matter of time before his buffoonery outwits his brilliance. His poor secretary – always a heartbeat late in saving him from the next fiasco, deserves a new boss!”


100 words for Friday Fictioneers this week, inspired from real life incidents.

For the uninitiated, in case you are wondering what is going on here, read on. Friday Fictioneers is an excellent forum for people looking to have fun as they learn the nuances of writing. Every Friday a bunch of us write 100 words (no hard rules there) for prompts posted by Rochelle who runs the show.

This week’s prompt is an intriguing art form, David Stewart happened to chance upon. Perhaps his photography skills added to the intrigue!

The Prompt:

Copyright – David Stewart

69 thoughts on “The Brilliant Buffoon

    1. Indeed.. Intelligence is such a generic and expansive word that it can never be used in absolute terms for anybody.
      Thanks for the prompt this week.

  1. I agree the secretary deserves a new boss. Or maybe it’s a small price to pay to help the boss achieve brilliant things 🙂

    I take it the secretary is the one trying to restrain the boss in the picture?

    1. I didn’t think of the angle that the secretary has something to gain from the scientist’s brilliance. But it is quite possible! Don’t we all stick to jobs we don’t always like for our own reasons?

      Yes.. That’s how I picture the secretary in the story and the prompt.

  2. This wouldn’t have made as much sense to me if I hadn’t realized (a day late and a dollar short) that there’s someone holding the man’s ankle. 🙂 I feel sorry for the secretary but as Abraham said, perhaps she’s getting something worthwhile out of it (such as a whooping big salary!)


    1. I missed the part immersed person the first few times too. Wonder what was going through the artist’s mind when he/she thought of this art form!
      I also agree with Abraham and you about the secretary’s takeaways, though I hadn’t been bright enough to realise this when I wrote the story!

  3. Very nicely imagined! Perhaps the brilliant buffoon is also a very nice person and otherwise a brilliant boss to his secretary. Most social etiquette is snobbery and therefore terribly overrated in my opinion, anyway. I see the secretary smiling and keeping her own quiet counsel.

    1. Perhaps he is a nice and simple person – a genius of sorts.
      Snobs do get respected a lot in today’s world. The times we live in…
      Thanks for your insightful comment.

    1. It would take a lot to love someone who picks his nose in full public view. But isn’t tha what they say about love – hopeless and blind? 🙂

      1. Yes, but what doesn’t seem attractive to one might attract another. There is a reason a woman like her stays with a man like him and it’s not always about the money.

    1. Thanks Sandra.. It is incredible what we achieve every week on this forum. With this amount of lateral thinking on one picture prompt, I am convinced that our multi-vibrant world dwellers can never run short of creative ideas!

  4. before his buffoonery outwits his brilliance… nice line, P. Question: where is that girl that was complaining of writer’s block? Your story is quite a unique take on this photo… I am giving you an ‘Ab Fab’!

    1. Thanks for noticing it Ted..
      Do you think the writing block is gone?? I will know only after I am able to pull off a bigger than 100 word story!

  5. handpicks the choicest of moments — hehe ^^
    it’s a great take on the prompt. perhaps he’s a nice guy, really. and his secretary sees something in him that others don’t ^^ great job

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    1. I am from IT too!
      Wow.. Good to know!
      Though I am not Unix. I am into this business software called SAP.
      But I guess we have similar experiences with uncouth geeks 🙂

      1. My team manages 207 SAP servers, and about 1,000 others. We are a big SAP shop.

        One of my guys ( now gone ) was brilliant, but I used to have to sit in meetings with him and the Basis group because they would only talk to each other through me. ( sigh )

      2. Such experiences teach you so much about yourself.. How patient you are, how diplomatic, how professional..
        But for the life of me I could not bring myself to shaking hands with the guy who used to pick his nose “discreetly” ALL THE TIME.
        So nice to meet someone from my domain at such an unlikely place! 🙂
        I work as a technical consultant for SAP CRM.
        Maybe we work together someday! It’s a small world. 🙂

    1. Actually two real people… One snoring at a musical and one picking his nose at client location while I watched aghast.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. LOL..I have an uncle who is “Brilliant” but a social cripple. This is how people really are, flawed in one area but brilliant in another. Good job and a unique take on the prompt.

      1. you would use the S if you were referring to various etiquettes from various places, like this: “Italian and French etiquettes are very different from German etiquette.”

  8. What’s that they say about behind every successful man is a good woman. Maybe his social skills aren’t up to par, but at least he isn’t a pompous buffoon. Then she really would need a new boss.

    1. Reading all the comments, I seem to have a growing inkling this man could be a special kind of sweet. Definitely not pompous. Those are the real mean ones!
      Thanks for the visit 🙂

  9. It is true that many secretaries keep their bosses out of trouble. They are far more talented and have a high level of tolerance:) a well written story

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