In a Pickle (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

The young woman beams nervously, slides her jacket down her arms to hang it over the back of the chair. Caroline’s smile vanishes, her face turning into a study of downward angles. “I’m afraid the interview won’t be necessary after all,” she says, and stalks out of the room.

Becca turns her sympathetic gaze to the fresh-faced hopeful. “Sorry, but it’s your tattoo, Caroline hates tattoos, won’t have them at the office at all, won’t hire anyone with a tattoo, period.”

“Well, who wants to work for a picklepuss like that anyway,” the girl snaps back.

Photo: chezbeate

Each week, Ivy at Uncharted hosts the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction linkup and blog hop. This week’s vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe is in response to the cue “pickle.” Fun sixes from other writers are at the link. Come join us! It’s fun!


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.

11 thoughts on “In a Pickle (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. We had a meeting at work, there were about 25 people there and we did an icebreaker. There were 10 or 15 questions that we had to find out about other people. One of them was, “How many tattoos do you have?” Out of the crowd there only two of us had none. The times they are a changin’!

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  2. Curiously I thought that prejudice against tattoos had died out. It is a shallow minded person to judge a person by them, the candidate’s work skills may have been just what she was looking for and she may not have had to have contact directly with clients. Tattoos never worried me so long as they weren’t on the face!

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    1. It’ll die out eventually, but hasn’t yet. Boss from a few years ago warned me three different times to keep my tattoos covered, even though I don’t have any. :-\


  3. ‘the girl snaps back’ I liked that touch, to make it less a case of the old guard successfully maintaining it’s power over the young.
    (No ink here. Too old. Not even close to when tattoos became young-mainstreamed, besides, paper’s way to crumpled now to allow for much ‘art’.


    good Six.

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