A New Life for Me – A Story Challenge

So, Tamara Woods over at the Writestuff Google group issued a challenge:

Your mission if you choose to accept it:

Write a piece of fiction 2500 words or less about a person who is starting something new. Could be school (this is the time of year for it), work, moving to a new country…whatever. What has prompted the change and how does that character deal with it? Post it either in this event or in the #writestuff  community.

This is completely unbeta’d as I wrote this in like an hour. This is the third time that I have rewritten this story. It’s nothing special. Just had a rough day at work and this is what my muse churned out. Hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful day.

PS: Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!

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“Jay, what is this?” Danielle asked looking at the letter, reading it again to make sure that she was seeing it right. “You’re quitting?”

“It’s. . . This isn’t easy, Danielle. I have worked with this company for almost six years but it’s just been too much drama lately. I try to do all that I can for everybody but I just can’t seem to get a break. Everyone wants something from me but then they turn right around and treat me like dirt. I mean no disrespect but no manager has a right to ‘talk anyway that they want to’ to an employee. Patricia had no right to do that. She’s lucky that I didn’t call human resources on her.”

“Jay, is there anything that I can do to change your mind?”

“Honestly, I don’t think you can do anything to help. I have talked to you in the past and it does absolutely no good. I still get treated like dirt. I’m giving you two weeks notice because that is the appropriate thing to do but other than that, I’m done.”

“Well, I am truly sorry that you have to leave under these circumstances and I wish you would let me try to do something but if not, I understand.”

“I don’t want to leave. I really don’t. I like it here most of the time but there are just some managers in this store who think that they can treat people anyway that they want and that’s not true.”

“Well you’re right and I will be taking stronger measures against Patricia for her actions.”

“I wouldn’t even worry about it because it aint gonna change a thing. She’s always going to treat everyone below her like they’re below her. We’ll never be a true team in this store. I’m sorry to say that but that is the case.”

“Yeah. I see that at times too. Well, I wish you the very best in whereever life takes you.”

“Thank you. I appreciate that. I’m off today so I’m gonna get out of here and let you get back to work.”

“Have a good day.”

“You too.”

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“Jay. . .” Patricia said as he walked past her. “I just wanted to apologize.”

“Honestly Pat, shove your apology up your fat ass,” he said with a smile as he turned from her and walked out the door.

Nothing was going to take the smile from his face as he left the store that day. He knew that he would be alright. He would find a new job somewhere and he knew that he would eventually find a place he belonged. It would just take time.

The End, or is it?

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