Summary: As rain drizzles down on soon-to-be-homeless Michael Jobeson, he sees a stranger holding ablack umbrella, smiling at him sympathetically. The stranger offers Michael donuts and a chance to change his life. But at what cost?
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It took twenty minutes to clean out his cubicle. Now the contents of his life were lumped together in a cardboard box: a weekly planner with numbers running down the side, a stained coffee mug with the words "I Believe," a framed photograph taken in Guatemala some twenty years ago. Rain drizzled onto a collection of chewed up pens. Michael shoved the box into the trunk of his AMC Pacer and hunkered into the driver's seat.
Yesterday he'd been Michael Jobeson, telemarketer. Today he was Michael Jobeson, unemployed. And if he didn't find a way to pay off his debts, soon he'd be Michael Jobeson, homeless. He rubbed his face with his hands. How had it come to this?
Ether Reviewer Chris Jordan writes: "Great - cleverly done, gets straight to the point by showing only the outcomes, and nice twist too!"
How the Story Came to Be: I wrote this story as I was turning twenty-eight and dealing with the frustration of being stuck in a low-paying job. Was all the time and sacrifice I put in to my writing really worth it? This spilled over into a short story.
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