Friday Fictioneers: Working-Class Zero

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Working-Class Zero

Paul hated his job. He spent eight hours per day in a giant orange ball wearing a giant orange ball hat selling giant orange ball t-shirts. It was humiliating, but Carrie had expensive tastes.

Paul had to make sure people used gender-appropriate garbage cans. Pink for girls and gray for boys. He didn’t ask about gender-fluid people. As long as they kept their gender fluids away from him, he didn’t care.

That wasn’t his boss’s only idiosyncrasy. He spent all day upstairs looking through a tiny window. Every time someone bought something, he laughed maniacally, saying, “I farted on that.”  


One of my all-time favorite songs.

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    1. Can you imagine Carrie wearing a giant orange ball hat? Why would she when she can get Paul to do it for her? I had jokes about her “expensive tastes” being mundane things like McDonald’s. Word count killed those. Carrie’s lucky she didn’t get cut.

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    1. Once I saw the opening, I knew there was a boss up there and he was up to something diabolical. At first, it was something evil but devolved into something silly.

      I think Paul and Carrie are at the point where he’s ready to do anything for her. The boss’s next “evil” scheme might change his mind.

      Thank you.

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  1. A zany story for a zany prompt. I wondered about the black square, too. In your story it was a window; in mine, a sunspot. I love your concept of product branding carried to ludicrous lengths. I bet it was a franchise, so the boss was hardly freer than Paul.

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