I’ve been enjoying working from home for the last six months, and it’s been a fantastic change for me.
The one thing I do miss about working in an office is all of the strange encounters I had with clients at my last job. Many of them served as inspiration for my flash fiction and poetry, like the one below, which I originally posted a few years ago.
Every story and poem I write is in some way inspired by a real life experience, none more so then a short story I wrote earlier this month. I work for a company that sublets office space, and part of my job is to drop off mail to each tenant in those suites. We have one new tenant that received a huge shipment of medical supplies when they moved in, boxes of all shapes and sizes. Including one, heavy man sized box.
A few weeks after that shipment I stopped by the suite to drop of a small amount of mail. No one was around, and I hesitated, looking around for a prominent spot to put the mail, so it wouldn’t get lost amongst the stacks of boxes. And that’s when I saw it. A nose and mouth lined with a perfect set of teeth poking out of that large box. It made me yelp like Homer Simpson.
A closer look reveled it to be a medical mannequin, although I’m still not clear on why the teeth are necessary. The whole experience was certainly unsettling, and inspired this short story. The dummy itself is still boxed up in that unpacked office, waiting.