Human Resources #flashfriday #prompt #flashfiction

This was written in response to this week’s flashfriday prompt

Every spring Mrs Johnson waits for the appointment time and place. Always April. Always when the blossoms smear their colourful indifference over the landscape.

Every message mocks her with the order.

Mrs Johnson dresses carefully. Today matters. Joyce is excited. She wants to dress in her best. She knows today is important.

Mrs Johnson bathes Jeremy carefully; she shaves him, cursing puberty’s casual indifference to irony. She unfolds his Warriors jacket and squeezes him into it, saddened that it always fits.

Mrs Johnson eases him into the chair, trying so hard to ignore his depleted body.

Mrs Johnson walks through the park savouring yet begrudging every passing second. Joyce’s excitement is palpable. One day, Joyce will understand. Not today. She wills herself not to reach out and touch him.

The committee receive her with due formality. This is business. While Joyce skips away, Jeremy is checked and passed. This time he will lose a kidney and fibula.

The committee remind Mrs Johnson of her responsibilities. Minders must not become emotionally attached to clones. She understands. One day he will be fully depleted; she will return with Joyce alone. Then it will be Joyce’s turn.

Ice requirement. Unexpected sorrow

Between 185 and 195 words

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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10 Responses to Human Resources #flashfriday #prompt #flashfiction

  1. OMG, this packs a punch Geoff.


  2. Excellent, Geoff.

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  3. Chel Owens says:

    All rather clinical, I suppose.

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  4. George says:

    Chillingly brilliant

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  5. Norah says:

    Oh no, clone or not …

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    A bleak future!

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Anyone want my gall bladder and stone…. It’s free take it please…..😉

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