Friday Fictioneers – Down the Drain

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!


Down the drain

I had packed my things carefully into my locker when Myers from Personnel materialised.

“Okay. Open it.”


“Just do it.”

“I think you should tell me why.”

“We can do this the easy way, or I can call in the factory manager. Your choice.”

I fumbled the key, dropped it. Myers clicked his tongue against his teeth. I opened the locker.

Myers rummaged behind my clothes and pulled out a flask of bourbon. We both looked at it, then he poured away the liquor.

The heady fumes tormented me.

“You’ve no right…” I began.

“Next time you’ll be fired.”

Inlinkz – click here to join in the fun!

34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Down the Drain

  1. As a former HR Manager, I once gave someone a second chance after he committed a dismissable offence. Years after I left that company he was made redundant, and a few weeks later he returned to commit suicide on the company car park. I’m so glad I did, and so sorry for the person who selected him for redundancy. You brought all that up with this tightly written, understated tale, Penny. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for your very kind comment. What a very sad story about the man who took his own life after being made redundant. Redundancy is horrid; I went through it twice. But there’s always other opportunities.


  2. Myers is his best friend right now even though he looks at him as the enemy. Hoping this is the wake-up call he needs to realize he’s got a problem that needs intervention. Really good story and dialogue, Penny.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s