#SwiftFicFriday Week 114 : The Everyman Archetype

“God, I hate my job.” I picked up my fork, and stabbed a few green beans,  stared at them, and then stabbed a few more.

Jen watched, “Are you going to eat, or just here to murder the beans?”

“I’m not hungry.” I lied. “Why do I still work here?”

“Because you have bills to pay?”

She was right. That was the reason I still worked there.

Jen shook her head, “What did those poor beans do to deserve such abuse?”

“I’d quit in a heartbeat right now, you know.”

“But you won’t. You’d have to find another job. Another place that pays you just enough to keep you alive, and desperate to keep working to pay the bills.”

I finally ate the green beans.

Jen grinned, “See? Hungry wins.”

“I tell myself lies about working here, you know.”

“What are your lies?”

“I like the people, and the work. That I help other people by working here. That I’m keeping my family alive, giving my kids a chance for a better future.”

She took a long chug from her soda. “I tell myself the same things.”

I took a chug from my soda, “Truth is, if I did quit, where would I go?”

She chomped down on the last bite of her salad. “Takes months to find another job, if you can find one at all.”

I nodded. “You know how to do your job at the company that owns you, but that job is not the same as any other job, anywhere, for any company.”

Jen continued for me, “And they won’t train you, so they won’t hire you, so you end up stuck, in a job you hate.”

“Thanks, Jen. I’m better now.”

We finished our lunches, and went back to work.

295 Words

It’s Week 114 of #SwiftFicFriday, hosted by Katheryn Avila. I’m still wondering what the heck is going on with this story. There seems to be only one way for me to find out. Anyway. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #SwiftFicFriday. They are always fun to read. And there are some great writers who show up regularly.


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