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Mockery – Friday Fictioneers

Yay!  It’s Wednesday!  Time to get those brain cells fired up and come up with a story for this week’s prompt by Gail Marie Stratford.  Must admit, I had no idea where I was going though I did see the shadow first… 😉

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©Marie Gail Stratford

Genre:  Sort of Fiction

Word count:  100


I sat in my office, gazing at the city below.

How did I get here?  I never had plans to be an office drone.  It started with a week-end receptionist job at my dad’s office.  Making money was so cool.   I could buy myself stuff.  Way better than going to school!

The more I did this work, the better I became, the more I earned.  Ended up doing it for over 3o years.  I loathed it.

Hah! Even the shadow on the building flipped me the bird, mocking me.

I took it as a sign to quit, to change paths.

97 thoughts on “Mockery – Friday Fictioneers

  1. We’re both freelancers in our household. It’s precarious but decidedly better than being office drones, even though we do breathe each other’s air sometimes. We’ve both had secure jobs in the past, but there’s no such thing as a secure job these days — in fact, 30 years in the same job is becoming increasingly rare in the UK, as I’m sure it is elsewhere, too.

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  2. Hee-hee-hee! Love that shadow flipping the bird line! Too good. I have been at my job 20 years as of January and I feel the same way. Time for other things. Wonderful stuff, Dale! Five file cabinets. 😀

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      • I admit I’m embarrassed by my failure to catch that image, not sure what I would’ve done with it. 🙂
        The first thought that popped into my mind was leaping tall buildings in a single bound, which I twisted into reverse (don’t know if you caught that line). I also noticed part of the picture was pale, like someone had scraped the sky with a putty knife.

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  3. I didn’t see the shadow, saw that bright spot in the sky and the many, err, tall and towering buildings (obviously my mind is dirtier than yours). Great story. I’ve been 18 years in the same job now and don’t regret it. I like my job. Before that, I always had to look for funding, always on two or three year contracts… not my cup of tea. 🙂

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  4. Nice catch on the shadow. I didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it.

    Too many people let themselves end up unhappy because they don’t work toward a better goal. Now if I could just convince my ds of that.

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    • Thank you, Alice. I’m so surprised only one other saw it!
      Yes, it is eastmy when you’re young and first make some cash…


  5. I love the voice in this piece. And the shadow flipping the bird is awesome. How clever. I do hope she leaves and finds a life that makes her happy.

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  6. Great observation! I totally missed the shadow of “the bird.” And I thought your descriptions of being in a boring job were spot on. I think it is more common than people like to believe. There is no utopia when it comes to work. That’s why it’s call work. However, I applaud anyone to takes a risk to do something different. Change is good. Nice take on the prompt. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  7. So sad that it took her so long to make a change. I could relate so strongly with her – i rushed into the 9-5 workforce too young, also, but fortunately I changed direction and returned to school before the big dark finger pointed at me in mockery. Fantastic title and story, and I’m so glad she’s seen the light at last. It’s never too late.

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    • Thank you, Margaret. She changed jobs often, trying to change but was just exchanging four quarters for a dollar in the end. One starts thinking that’s all one is good at! No, it is never too late!

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