Write about something or someone that is: on standby.
Bakery was mostly steady today, but I was left with 14 loaves on the shelves as closing time approached. Then a woman called at 3:50 asking if I had any bread left. I said yes and that I'd be there until 4:30 cleaning up, so as long as she could get there by then I'd hold some for her. She said she could and asked for 3 loaves.
She got there at 4:05 and brought a friend with her. Who bought 4 loaves herself.
So they managed to halve the number of loaves I had to put in the freezer at pretty much the last possible moment. I was pleased by this, even if it meant staying later because I was selling and slicing bread instead of finishing the clean up.
Back at it at 10 tomorrow morning.
"All operatives remain on standby. This situation could go haywire at any moment. Over."
"This really seems like a highly inappropriate use of resources. Over."
"I ordered radio silence, Gonzalez!"
"Oh, you mean other than you breaking it every five minutes to remind us that we're still on standby? Over."
"This is insubordination, Gonzalez. Resume radio silence immediately. Over."
"This is the most ridiculous assignment I have ever been on."
"Radio. Silence. Now. Over."
"With all due respect, sir, you're the only one who cares what your ex-wife is up to. Or who she might be getting up to it with. So I don't know what the rest of the unit is going to do, but I'm going home now. Please don't call me until you've got a more legitimate assignment for me, okay? Over."
"RADIO. SILENCE. GONZALEZ. OVER."
"Good night, sir. Over."