Office Know How: 99 Word Flash Fiction


© irene waters 2016

For me an office is an essential space. I don’t care particularly how sophisticated it is


© irene waters 2016

or how small

031 study upstairs

© irene waters 2016

just as long as I have one. Sometimes an office allows you knowledge you would otherwise not have.

Office Know How

My long-distance boyfriend gave me the order to reinvest. Power of attorney in hand, I headed into town,  wondering if my boyfriend was wise. I knew the market’s instability despite his trust in his broker. I squashed into the peak hour train packed full of

workers going to the city. Arriving, I made the one block journey to the broker’s address and took the elevator to the ninth floor office. Removal boxes filled the reception area. An old man, his face lined and haggard, sat amongst them. 

“Sorry, wrong office.” I turned and left.

My boyfriend later thanked me.

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

July 27, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write an office story. It can be a setting, a place for intrigue or humor. How might an office differ from other spaces? You can compare and contrast, or create an unusual type of office. If you want, describe your ideal office space, or create a character who designs offices. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by August 2, 2016 to be included in the weekly compilation.Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Office Know How: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. That experience will stay with her forever – and the charge to be compassionate. POA grants much power but the wisdom must be learned.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    An office can both contain and reveal so much! It’s what oe does with the space, or perhaps within it, that matters. I like your take on the prompt!

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  4. Norah says:

    That office had a very important story to tell, and it wasn’t told in words. She was a perceptive reader. Well done.

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