Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Regretted Job

This is my piece of prose based on today's challenge words over at Creative Copy Challenge. The words in bold were posted today. Be sure to check out the site and challenge yourself. Join the community and the fun!

Jeff knew he couldn't justify what he was about to do. It was something that just had to be done. Never in his life's history would he regret anything more. In all the years of wanting to just get away from there, he came back to his hometown in a return not even his worst nightmares could fathom.

It all began with a job request he found in an e-mail. In those days, employment was hard to find and being unemployed was not a fad which many took part in voluntarily. He had applied for so many jobs that he had nearly lost count of all the employers who wouldn't call him back. By the time he saw this e-mail, he'd become desperate, thinking he should take any job that would pay.

Whoever had sent it titled the heading with capital letters: DON'T WAIT! ACT NOW! STOP WORRYING ABOUT GETTING A JOB AND GET ONE ALREADY!

He knew he probably should have thrown it out over the deck, but desperation led him to reply. It was in his hometown after all. "How bad could it be?" he thought to himself. He had turned the lock on his most horrific memories of the town into a vacant corner of his mind. Never would he have accepted the job if he could only recall being so ridiculed by those people. That was years ago and so far away. But once he came back, the memories began to flood out, the dam unable to hold back the emotional waters.

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