Just One

Career day, they’d say.

Detaching from the cerebral collective, I scour the repository, wanting to remember on my own.

It’s been many a century, but I’ll make change there. They’ve all held strong to their core designs, I’m sure.

“Ah! Found it,” I cease searching.

“This is your ultimate decision?” Great Mind asks.

“My only consideration.”


The air ripples and distorts before me.

“Your pathway is stabilised.”

I step forward, losing myself while Great Mind transports me to form anew on the other side.

I breathe deep the Earthen air.

It’s good to be back.

Time for work.

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner

June 10, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a new way to office. Has the office changed? Can we return to normal after big changes or time away? Go where the prompt leads!

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16 thoughts on “Just One

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          1. We are going to Learn to travel at light speed, by that time, wish I could exist and see the wonders and what we could explore from this vast Galaxy😍 Explore dark matters, hope the days are close ☺️. HOPE.

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  1. Rebecca, I love how your flash fiction roots in familiar human longings in juxtaposition to unfamiliar ways of existing. It makes the “return to earth” theme poignant and futuristic all at once.

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    1. We are all alike in the deepest of ways. With survival at our core, we are learning that survival means growth and connectedness. If we can craft lifelong careers driven by these values, we can create change while surviving in the ways our soul can thrive best. For this character, the whole world drives them, it is their passion, their office. New to us humans but a basic concept to an otherworldly society driven by universal values. I’m glad you enjoyed this one Charli, thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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