DFF: Automaton

I am not so sure that I am happy with this piece, but it is definitely different, and I had fun with the ideas that it presents.  So here you have it, yet another installment of my Flash Fiction!

Today’s Prompt: “No one is too ordinary for our agency.”

Today’s Story:

Automaton

“So, what made you apply for this position, Dylan?” the interviewer asked. His voice just felt like some kind of drone, like no matter what the answers were he didn’t really care.

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“Well, it seemed interesting. I liked the surprise of not knowing what the job was, just a list of skills, with no questions asked, it seemed interesting. More like a mob boss hiring a blind hire. My imagination had fun with with, and since I have those skills, seemed like a good idea at the time.” he responded.

“Uh huh. Well just so you know, no one is too ordinary for our agency. We take all walks of life, we only ask that you don’t ask. Do whatever job is put before, as best you can, as quickly as you can. Do you think you can handle that?” Oblivious to the previous response. Going through an automated checklist like some kind of automaton.

“Umm… yes?” Dylan isn’t exactly sure how to answer, seeing as it seems like it doesn’t matter how you answer.

“Perfect! Can you start today? Melissa can take you to your desk.”

Shaking his head, not sure what to make of any of this… but deciding the whole reason he came for the interview was the very mystery around the job, Dylan figures why not.  Little does he know, he will never be seen again.  Getting up to follow Melissa out, he notices the same, automaton characteristics in her, but deep in her eyes, a sadness. A wish that someone who have warned him of what he was getting himself into. At the end of the day, no one really knows he thinks. Maybe, just maybe, we are all an automaton.

There you have it. It has really been fun to play with different ideas and perspectives! I hope that you enjoyed. What does the prompt say to you? Please share in the comments, any and all thoughts are most welcome!  If you like what you see here, please check out the anthologies I am published in, the MN Emerging Writers and the National Edition!

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