Like A Rash – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

copyright Roger Bultot

Don’t take this personally, it’s not about you.”

Despite the rumours about downsizing, she’d not believed they’d choose her.  She’d never failed at anything, and she’d worked hard at making herself indispensable.

Ever-present, ever-helpful, all over everyone.

Everywhere.

Yet as she cleared her desk, the relief in the office was palpable.

Relief that it wasn’t them?

Or relief it was her?

As she lugged her cardboard-box towards the exit, half-hearted calls of “don’t be a stranger, hey?” rang in her ears and she began to understand.

She’d thought what they needed was more of her.

In reality, they’d wanted less.

 

Friday Fictioneers calls for stories of 100 words in response to a weekly photo prompt.  Our host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presides over our activities each week.  Thanks for being there, Rochelle.

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
This entry was posted in Friday Fictioneers, Just Sayin' and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

69 Responses to Like A Rash – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

  1. Sue says:

    All too real….I’ve seen that happen a few times

    Like

  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Such is life, another career ruined.

    Like

  3. Every faithful workers greatest fear.

    Like

  4. gravadee says:

    Oh wow…that last line was unexpected…
    they needed her less…and all that she worked for just went against her
    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

    Liked by 1 person

  5. James says:

    It’s horrible being made redundant, especially when you’re older.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dear Sandra,

    That last line, as you would say, is a cracker. (This is a good thing, right? It’s meant to be. 😉 ) This story struck a nerve with me, as I worked for a store director who had one purpose. House cleaning. Those who lost their jobs had the audacity to have longevity and/or higher wages. It’s only due to my friends lawsuit and legal aid that was able to retire with over 20 years employment. Well written as always…your story, I mean.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Liked by 1 person

  7. All too real, Sandra, yet sad each time you hear about it, no matter the reaction of co-workers. Hope you have a wonderful day and week, although I imagine I’ll see you later today. 🙂

    janet

    Like

  8. Really well done. The relief of the other people in the office is a nice touch, implying that she was physically disfigured (by smallpox scars, maybe?). Elegantly written and engaging.

    Like

  9. beautyswot says:

    Love the truth – it doesn’t pay to work too hard, very often it goes unappreciated

    Like

  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Fluent and well written, Sandra.

    Like

  11. How very sad. The line “don’t be a stranger seems falsely said.” I don’t believe anyone will miss her.

    Like

  12. So extremely real… it’s not always the best that are kept… there is a reason that business will decline.

    Like

  13. “Don’t be a stranger” inevitably means the opposite. Very sad and nicely written.

    Like

  14. Iain Kelly says:

    A few of us have been through this experience, and suffered the crisis of confidence that follows. Funnily enough, earlier this year I volunteered to take redundancy at my job and they wouldn’t let me go – sort of a back-handed compliment I suppose!

    Like

  15. Dale says:

    This was all too real for me. I’m one of those who makes herself indispensable and then resents it. I’d rather it be me resenting myself rather than the whole office!

    Like

  16. Lynn Love says:

    Well, that’s crushing! You can just imagine them all bitching about her when she’s out of the office. Office politics – hideous, just hideous. Nicely captured Sandra

    Like

  17. Sometimes these things are meant to be. Who knows what awaits her beyond the office walls?

    Click to read my FriFic

    Like

  18. I think your story strikes a nerve with everyone. Good job!

    Like

  19. Joy Pixley says:

    An excellent cautionary tale — it’s so hard to know whether what you’re doing is appreciated or actually working against you. You painted her disappointment so well.

    Like

  20. Another stark reminder of our frailties. This disease called greed hits anyone. Even those at the top.

    Like

  21. tedstrutz says:

    Very true. Clever with the title… a rash on the stones.

    Like

  22. plaridel says:

    i can relate to this story as it happened to me, too. she can learn to move on as i did.

    Like

  23. Mike says:

    Make you think that what you think you are might be totally different than what others think you are. This could be part of a college course. Well done.

    Like

  24. rgayer55 says:

    Ouch! This is more like an epidemic than a rash at the company where I work. Earlier this week, they ushered the head of R & D to his car. Lately, they’ve been showing several of the old timers the door. I wish they’d just pay me to stay home. I could get a lot of writing done if I didn’t have to worry about making a living.

    Like

  25. ceayr says:

    Expertly drawn picture of the ‘Me’ culture, and the cruelty and selfishness of people we think of as friends.

    Like

  26. Sarah says:

    The “half-hearted calls” was an excellent touch–adding insult to her injury.

    Like

  27. You captured a sad every day reality very beautifully, Sandra.

    Like

  28. granonine says:

    Since she goes off carrying the ruins of her castle with her, one can only hope she will not try to bebuild with the same stones.

    Like

  29. Jelli says:

    Oh, ouch, that bites hard. An all too real reality for far too many these days, for sure. Great write.

    Like

  30. draliman says:

    I feel really sorry for her 😦 She was trying so hard (okay, too hard as it turns out, but still).

    Like

  31. Moon says:

    Such a sad reality , especially, in the corporate world.
    Great story and title, Sandra.

    Like

  32. I wonder what her motivation was, to want to be indispensable. Craving love, appreciation, acceptance or power? Great character study, Sandra.

    Like

  33. Oh wow. Many many years ago I was one of the first to part of a “workforce reduction”. It’s so hard not to take these things personally. I feel for the woman in your story.

    Like

  34. brhntci says:

    Ooof! I’ve seen good people leave before, too. (Some for better opportunities, some not.) You made me remember a lot of those. The half-hearted farewells — to want well for someone, but not enough to lend a hand in the meantime, or even keep in touch.

    I can’t help but wonder whether a workplace relationship is genuine, or just based on some geographic/space-time/circumstantial convenience. What do you think?

    Like

  35. Rowena says:

    I loved this, Sandra and you really captured the difficult nuances of the office and also what can happen when you try too hard to win friends and influence people. I feel so sorry for her and wish someone could’ve explained the need for breathing space before it was too late.
    xx Rowena

    Like

  36. Dahlia says:

    This was really sad and all too real.

    Like

  37. subroto says:

    I can relate to this, a little too well 😦
    Nicely done.

    Like

  38. Ouch!!!!
    Not nice to be that person.

    Like

  39. gahlearner says:

    That poor person, I feel sorry for her. Reading the comments, I feel like I led a charmed life. Great writing, Sandra, as usual, with that painful twist in the end.

    Like

  40. Indira says:

    Excellent story as usual dear. It’s true for mothers also,sometimes. painful.

    Like

  41. prior.. says:

    this was wonderful – the title was very fun – and then what you gave us in 100 words – the sobering self-awareness depiction – very cool.

    Like

I'd love to hear your views; it reassures me I'm not talking to myself.

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

WordPress.com Logo

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

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ 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

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.