Job Search [flash 194]

A Guy Called Bloke tagged me to write about this charming picture.

After filling out her fifth application of the day, Nora looked up to see a familiar face. “Hey, Ben. I thought you were at Zinco.”

Ben shook his head. “Nope. We all got laid off last week. They eliminated our unit and now the Ones do the purchasing as well as customer support.”

“That’s all I hear,” Nora said. “Companies only want Ones because they can focus on the screen exclusively.”

“Plus they no longer have a sense of smell to distract them either. They subsist on protein shakes.” Ben shook his head. “I was considering a retrofit, but I really like to eat, especially pizza.”

Nora gasped. “I wouldn’t consider it! That’s disgusting. Changing yourself like that. You wouldn’t be you.”

“Yeah. But I’m worried about money. At least you have a husband.”

Nora went home that night, feeling sad for her old friend. But Ben was right: she had a husband and so wasn’t nearly as desperate to find a job.

“Hi honey,” she called out. “Why are all the lights off?”

“I have a surprise for you, Nora,” her husband said. “I’m going to be able to get that promotion now.”

~*~

Okay, now it’s my turn to tag peeps to write about a picture. I tag:

Teleporting Weena

Laundry and Dishes

Sadje

Here is your picture. Happy writing!

20 responses to “Job Search [flash 194]

  1. Poor Nora! But really, this is a good statement on modern work life: Trying to be exactly what your employer needs, but nowadays, that keeps changing so fast, you can get left behind even if you were doing your job well.

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  2. Wow, what an interesting picture. Great story.

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  3. Ooh creepy picture! Love the story you told, though…ugh the Ones get all the good jobs now. Poor Nora is in for a nasty surprise!
    Thanks for tagging me to do the next picture story, Paula! I’ll come up with something soon. 🙂

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  4. Excellent – l love the way you flash Paula 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    “That’s all I hear,” Nora said. “Companies only want Ones because they can focus on the screen exclusively.”

    Paula’s flash take on Tell The Story 🙂

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  6. Really enjoyed this tale! A fun fic. Ah, the ones! I’m currently in a career change, and employers are so specific. Job interviews are nerveracking!

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