Nomenclature Counts (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

“Jane,” says the social worker in a there-there-just-don’t-get-riled tone, “I know you’re frustrated with how long your situation has been going on, but I must ask you not to discourage the other members of the group, and remind you that you need to just relax and trust the process.”

Jane snorts. “Clawing your way up out of unemployment and poverty and finding people who will give you real, tangible help is not a process. The word process implies that something is happening, something is changing. So let’s call it what it is: a stagnation, or the Abyss of Bureaucracy and Judgment,  or a Sisyphean Task.”

The social worker flushes red as applause sounds.

Photo: intographics/Pixabay

Every week, Denise at Girlie on the Edge hosts the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction challenge and blog hop. The rules are simple: (1) Write a story, any genre. (2) Six sentences, no more and no less. (3) Use the prompt word. This week’s prompt was PROCESS. Fun sixes from other authors are at the link. Come 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.

5 thoughts on “Nomenclature Counts (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. I get tired of hearing “trust the process” on so many things! Sometimes, it’s true and you SHOULD trust the process, but it’s such a condescending thing to say to someone who is struggling with the damn process.

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