Stick It

“Becca, could you check please that list over there and tell me who’s the settlement contact for the Seventh Federal District Court? “

“For which state? ” Becca snaps, annoyed at. ..well, annoyed at pretty much anything Jane ever says, Jane has noticed.

“Indiana,” Jane answers patiently, “in the Seventh.”

“You need to check your basics first, sweetheart. Indiana’s not in the Sev — oh. “

Jane mostly succeeds at keeping her voice neutral as she repeats,  “Could you give me the contact name, please?”


This is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. It is part of the Six Sentence Stories weekly flash fiction blog hop. This week’s cue was “stick.”

Fun flashes from other writers can be found here.



Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

15 thoughts on “Stick It”

  1. Ugh! I have been in work situations like that, with coworkers that make everything twice as hard due to their attitude! My theory is that we spend most of our waking lives at the office, so why not make an effort to get along? You don’t have to adore each other, just be courteous, kind and helpful. It seems that some folks don’t quite get this. I feel for Jane working in that environment, it’s hard not to snap back!

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  2. it raises that (equally) difficult problem of ‘post conflict emotional landscape’…. not likely conflict, I tend to find the aftermath even more difficult to contend with

    oh, yeah…. good Six!

    (lol… good stories are engaging, no?)

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