Photo prompt courtesy and copyright property of Claire Fuller via Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneer event. Others’ contributions may be discovered here, where you may participate as well.
First Day on the Job
“I don’t understand that sign.”
“The one up there. It says, ‘Fire exit,’ but all I see are shelves. Knobs and shelves. No escape.”
“It’s just there to guide people out of the building in case of fire.”
“No, I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s a sign.”
“…Yes, it is a sign. A safety sign.”
“I think it’s a warning.”
“That if I turn the knobs and step between those shelves, I will lose my flame.”
“That’s ridiculous! Just get to work.”
“No ‘buts.’ Here, starting filing.”
“Remember,… wait! Where’d you go?”
Guilt-riddled self-promotion time!
As you may have deduced, that’s my name and a story I wrote that was actually accepted somewhere! (Warning: it contains implicitly “mature” content.) I’ve been writing for almost a decade(?!), but have never had consistent enough nerve to let my smudgelings loose unto the world. This was only the third piece of writing I’ve ever submitted for publication to any organization outside of my universities (one was admittedly bunk and the other was to an incredibly exclusive publisher). What I mean to say is that participating in challenges such as this one and others hosted at Micro Bookends, Three Line Thursday, Grammar Ghoul Press, and yeah, write has been quite a boost to my confidence, and I am exponentially grateful for that. In other words, thank you for reading!
Oh, and be sure to check out those challenges if they spur your interest; they’re of the more “competitive” nature (with judging and votes and whatnot), but supportive communities nonetheless. 101 Words would surely welcome your contributions, as well. They even offer a monthly prize and are willing to provide constructive criticism! (You can find them through the title image for my story. And yes, not providing a link elsewhere is an underhanded attempt to get you to read it.)