What’s the Point? (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

Jane shoves her backpack under the desk and snatches up the envelope waiting on her keyboard.

Payday. Her first payday, after how long?

She tears the flap open, eager to see how far she has come, how far she can go now that she’s among the working again, and her face falls in dismay as she reads the number. Even two of these a month will not cover rent on the lowest listings she’s seen, and what about all those other luxuries, like food, electricity, toilet paper?

That she hates this place merely adds insult to…well, insult.


Every week, Ivy at Uncharted hosts the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction linkup. This week’s cue was “point.” More fun Sixes from other writers are here. Join us!


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 “What’s the Point? (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. I can feel her pain. Sometimes we work so hard, there are so many expenses, we ask, what’s the point? Some employers take your blood and offer a pittance in return. Hope keeps us going, and Jane as well, I think.

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  2. This is a sad reality for many in the working class now. A month’s pay cannot begin to cover basic expenses, much less insurance, medical needs, clothing, etc. It’s a tragedy and my heart goes out to your character, not much motivation to work hard on a job that won’t support you!

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  3. It’s a common story among the young people, they work so hard for a pittance and have to get roommates to share expenses. Then if one roomie loses a job or gets ill and can’t work, the house of cards collapses.

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