The Office – Flash Fiction

The Office

Weary from walking she looked at her watch noting the time was 10:25 PM.  She remembered leaving a little after 9 o’clock.  Exhausted and aching she murmured to herself ‘sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy’. She began to cry.

It had been a pleasant day.  She had accomplished a lot, feeling a ‘good tired’, as she liked to say.  Dinner was prepared, the table was set as usual.  She waited for her husband to come home.

He wasn’t usually late without calling.  By 8:00 dinner was beginning to look sad.

He worked nearby so she slipped out the house and started walking to his business.  

She entered the building making her way to his office.  Opening the door she found him at his desk with his assistant on her knees in front of him.  She was not picking up paperclips.

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All Rights Reserved


Linda from Charmed Chaos is hosting D'Verse Poets
tonight and had prompted us with Prosery which is to
include this line from Spring Azures from the book Wild Geese by Mary Oliver:

‘Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy,’

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

  39 comments for “The Office – Flash Fiction

  1. January 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, my gosh. This is heartbreaking.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Linda! ☺️

  2. Beverly Crawford
    January 18, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I want to read the sequel to this one!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      LOL 🤣 I could definitely do that! Thanks Bev 💕

  3. January 18, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Too depressed to read and comment this evening, just saying hello – be back when I am repackaged.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      Gosh Rob, hope you’re ok and this is nothing serious 😕 Wishing you well my friend 🥰

  4. January 18, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    So sad for her, but I hope he got what was coming to him.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Oh for sure Sadje ☺️👍

      • January 18, 2021 at 11:58 pm

        👍👍👍

  5. January 18, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    What a rude awakening! Next, the reckoning. The twist ending was nicely done, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much Dora. Yes there should be a sequel, right? ☺️

  6. January 18, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Gosh! How terrible! But the last line had me giggling! 🤭

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 12:02 am

      I know right? It was PG rated 🤣

  7. January 19, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Oh, the poor woman! I would like to know what she did next…

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      Maybe we will find out in a future prosery! Thanks Ingrid ☺️

  8. January 19, 2021 at 3:31 am

    An awful scenario, Christine, that I wouldn’t wish on any wife. Sadly, it’s a familiar one for so many.I too would like to know what happened next.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Kim ☺️. Yes maybe I can save that for another prosery 👍

  9. January 19, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Oh no! Brilliantly done, Christine 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Chris ☺️

  10. January 19, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Glad she found out what a loser he is.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      Yes! He lost her for sure. Thanks for reading Debi ☺️

  11. sanaarizvi
    January 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    The end made me laugh out loud! This is poignant and brilliantly portrayed! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      I’m so happy you laughed at the end. I had to find an ending that lightened the shock that poor woman had! Thanks Sanaa 🤣

      • sanaarizvi
        January 20, 2021 at 5:34 pm

        You’re most welcome! 🙂

  12. January 19, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Uh Oh.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Indeed Helen! 😦

  13. January 20, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    I hope to another installment with another “dish served cold” is the topic.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 20, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      Ha! Indeed Bjorn ☺️

  14. January 20, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    What a jerk!

    -David

    • Christine Bolton
      January 29, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      I know, right? ☺️ Thanks David!

  15. thehermitcreative
    January 20, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Well, that would be an awful thing to walk in on. However, your writing was excellent! Your ending was a surprise. I thought he had died at his desk. He probably wished he had after seeing his wife catching him! Great storytelling

    • Christine Bolton
      January 20, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      Ooo, I never thought of that! I’m happy I surprised you. Thank you so much ☺️

  16. January 21, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Ouch! Well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 21, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for reading Louise ☺️

  17. March 11, 2021 at 1:55 am

    OOfff! Nice twist!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 11, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Jennifer ☺️

  18. March 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Oh dear! Who did pick the paper clips up? It’s worrying me!😟

    • Christine Bolton
      March 19, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Yes really! It’s almost a Whodunnit 🤣🤣

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