F3 Week 6: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (actually, 1,500 words)

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There’s an old saying that ‘good things come to those who wait’. That’s not necessarily true, especially in your case. You’ve had your job for a number of years, you’re superb at it, and you’ve been waiting for a promotion. So, what does your boss do? He terminates you, and hires someone younger who will work for less. On paper, this change was made to bring someone in with up-to-date educational background, but you know that’s a ruse. The company’s bringing in a recent high school grad who’ll take min to start and won’t quibble over healthcare benefits. Your patience has brought you coal in your stocking this Christmas.

You just moved into a new flat and bought a new car. So much for your upgraded lifestyle. But hope springs eternal, and you’ve received a response to your ad in the employment wanted section. An elderly gentleman in poor health, who lives a couple hundred miles away in a lovely well-maintained Victorian home, has invited you for an interview. It’s a live-in position—not a nursemaid though. He’ll explain in person. He invites you to come and spend the weekend—feel free to bring a friend if you’d feel safer. Pays very well and includes room and board.

What have you got to lose? You pack a suitcase and head out. No need for a companion. Nothing is going to happen. It’s just a job interview after all. Right?

The picture above is where you’re going for your interview and where you might be living.  Elegant, yet ordinary.  Or, is it?

Prompt: Give us the skinny on how your weekend goes

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, October 8, 2015

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About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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