Wednesday, 30 October 2019

REDUNDANCY - 100 word story

This week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompt made me think about preparing to go out to work. But what if your usual work pattern is changed against your will?


PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria



REDUNDANCY


The day Roger faced redundancy he panicked. How could he tell his wife? He was sixty. Unemployable. How would they survive?
The following day he picked up the lunch his wife always made for him and 'went to work'.
Paralysed by shame, Roger continued the pattern.
Three months later he found his lunch containers empty. Roger sank into a chair, head in hands.
'Why didn't you tell me?' said his wife.
Roger groaned.
'Silly man, we'll be fine. You're going to work in the business I started last year.'
Roger looked at his wife in astonishment. She winked at him.



I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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    1. Thank you, Neil. It never pays to hide things from your spouse.

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  2. Dear Susan,

    How fortunate he is to have a smart and understanding wife. Your hopeful ending made me smile. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Yes, he's a lucky man. Glad to know I made you smile.

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  3. Felt the poor man's shame. Your story reflected a growing problem with mature aged workers losing their job and finding new employment difficult. Glad there was happy ending.

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    1. Thanks, Tannille. I went for an upbeat ending - too much horrible stuff going on in the news at the moment.

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  4. You'd think the hubby knew she had started a business... lucky for him!

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    1. I suppose he was too busy going out to work every day to know what she was doing.

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    1. Yes, they have a successful marriage!

      p.s. were you able to follow my notes on how to leave a blog signature?

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  6. I'm intrigued to know what business she started last year. It's a difficult thing to go through, especially at his age, but he should have known not to go it alone.

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    1. He he - I've no idea what her business is - I didn't get that far into the story. :)

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  7. A problem shared is a problem halved!

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    1. Yes, he should have shared his woes with her from the start. Thanks for commenting, Helen.

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  8. I love this! First, I thought he joined a strip club a la the Full Monty but it was a nice surprise. I have seen clients where they tried to hide it from their spouse and most were not happy and some divorced. More should read this short story

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    1. How sad. I think that must happen when couples don't fully 'get' each other. Thanks for the feedback, Birgit.

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  9. I do love this story, Susan. You pack a lot of content into 100 words.

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  10. Once again, the woman saved the day! Love it.

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    1. He he - I suppose I could have written it the other way around, but I think men generally have more pride in being the bread winners, and feel more shame if they lose that role - even in this day and age.

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  11. What a lovely tale, I wonder what her business is?

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    1. Thanks for the comment - I don't know what her business is either! :)

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  12. Hmm, a lot of secrets in this marriage.
    Nicely done, Susan

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    1. Secrets, yes, but also warmth and understanding, n'est-ce pas?

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  13. He didn't tell her, she didn't tell him. Hopefully that will change in future. A great take Susan.

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    1. Thanks, Keith - I think they've learnt a valuable lesson which should only strengthen what they already have.

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  14. What business? I hope it's not something female and embarrassing for the old boy!

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    1. He he - how about an on-line dating business? :)

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  15. i guess it takes a man to accept 'charity' from his wife. :)

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    1. She'll make him work for it! Thanks for commenting, Plaridel.

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  16. Ah I like a woman with a plan!
    He should have told her, silly man indeed.

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    1. Yes, he's lucky she's smart and understanding. :)

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  17. What a great future... for some being redundant at 60 means a nice severance package and early retirement though.

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    1. I guess they're still paying their mortgage. :) Thanks for commenting, Bjorn.

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  18. Aw, all that time she's been sorting things out behind the scenes! Poor chap trotting off every day to sit in the park to wait for 5pm.

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    1. Yes, he should have come clean with her on day 1 - would have saved him all that worry.

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  19. Maybe he was too preoccupied with his own shame and unemployment issues to notice that his wife's business was doing well. Hopefully it works out.

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    1. Yes, it's easy to focus on one's own problems and fail to see the whole picture.

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  20. OMG...I wish I was married to Roger's wife! ;)

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  21. I could imagine poor Roger's fear and despondency. Loved the upbeat twist at the end. Well done.

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    1. Thank you - I wanted this scenario to have a good outcome to cheer up my readers. :)

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  22. I really like where you took this prompt, Susan. The empty lunch containers were the perfect symbol for your story. Sounds like Roger's wife has been taking great care of him for years and will continue to do so.

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    1. Thanks, Magarisa - appreciate your feedback. :)

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  23. Now, he has to go work in his wife's clandestine brothel. I guess it's better than starving.

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