April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!
The old lady kept working beyond her years. Retirement meant a loss of wages, security and a reliance on others.
She enjoyed her job, she was good at it but as the years went by the job demands played havoc with her physical state.
She was constantly exhausted. She dragged herself home each day, fed herself and went to bed with the setting sun.
She’d sleep fitfully waking to recall her day or worse the pressures of the next day. “I’m too old for all this,” she’d remind herself as with coffee in hand she’d trudge off to work.
Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/25/april-25-flash-fiction-challenge/
Too sad and tragic. Perfect for the prompt
Thank you Sadje.
You’re welcome Michael
As the same as yesterday and the same as tomorrow; it’s not the work that exhausts but the unchanging routine. But without the routine she’d likely crumple into a pile, never to rise away. (My way of saying I like your tale 🙂
sadly the fate of so many. Me included if I don’t get busy and save three times what I earn….
Well good luck with all that Violet. Retirement is tough going if you are not financially comfortable.
It seems a difficult choice for freedom when rest should be her reward for a lifetime of work.