Flash Fiction: Cubicle Life

We are bound on three sides by modular walls. We make our spaces our own with gaudy towels and loofahs on strings.

The man in twelve uses apple and cinnamon shower gel. The sweet steam drifts over the wall and makes my tummy growl.

The man in fourteen sings ’80s power ballads while he washes, making it hard for the rest of us to get on with things.

There’s a new woman in twenty. Smart, efficient, she wastes no hot water. I’d like to ask her for a drink but I’ve never been very good at that sort of thing.


Written for Friday Fictioneers using this photo prompt:

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Picture: 5D (#28134) by Mark Sebastian under CC BY-SA 2.0

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  1. How long before this is how we all live as space becomes ever more precious. Nice take.

  2. Love that idea, the small points of contact, the not knowing anyone’s name, but identifying them by the products they use. Great writing David

  3. This is short and precise. Nicely done. I, too, like how no one is named, merely identified by what they do.

  4. Efficient, clinical, joined up but detached. Much like Cubicle Life. A nice fresh approach on the prompt. Thanks, for posting, David.

  5. The company I work for has started installing lower cubicle walls. They are only about three foot high. Everyone’s head sticks up above the wall. We now refer to it as gopher town.

    I loved the way you used the senses in this piece, David. Good work.

  6. Communal washings? Welcome to Korea, it seems!

    Well done on explaining the living situation of 10 million people in Korea! ^_^

  7. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    August 18, 2017 — 5:40 pm

    Dear David,

    Well scented and steamy. 😉 Unique and enjoyable piece. I look forward to reading more from you. Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  8. Man! This one gave me the extremely uncomfortable feeling of claustrophobia. Well written tale, David. Cheers, Varad

  9. Gracious! What an awful existence! Clearly drawn, good job!

  10. Ha… I wonder if this is the next step.

    Live-in office space

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