Friday Fictioneers: First Day at Work


Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

My response to the weekly prompt at Friday Fictioneers, where every week we write 100 word stories, and have fun doing it.

Title: First Day at Work, Genre: Slipstream

Marvin was warned his new job would be high-stress, but he wanted to help people. On his first day, he spilled coffee in the midst of a rescue maneuver in Edinburgh.

He set down the iPad for a second to mop up the mess. By the time he picked it up again, it was too late.

Watcher Emily came at five for the overnight shift. Her psychic abilities weren’t nearly as good as his, but she had more experience.

“Saw the headline,” she said. “Ten hikers lost in the Andes. Sorry. Better luck tomorrow.”