Time To Move On

January 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm 27 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 January 2017

Sandra Crook

Photo Credit: Sandra Crook

Josh arrived at the company’s Christmas party, feeling right at home, greeted by familiar faces.

He worked for the company for six years where he earned the moniker, Will, for doing whatever was asked including working weekends to beat the deadline.

Josh thought he was an indispensable cog in the wheel. It came as a surprise when his manager let him go three months ago.

His former teammates were happy to see him. When they talked about work, however, he felt so out of place.

It was time to move on, Josh realized. He left the party without saying goodbye.

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rochellewisoff  |  January 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    Nice use of the prompt. Just enough. 😉 I felt bad for Josh though. Well done.



    • 2. plaridel  |  January 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm


      i could relate to josh’s feeling having been laid off before.

  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  January 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    We all think we are indispensable in our jobs, sadly the reality is we are all replacable. Nice take, well done.

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 4, 2017 at 5:51 pm


      i learned the lesson full well when i lost my job. if anything, i survived and got something better.

  • 5. Dale  |  January 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Tough reality to find out we are not indispensable…

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 5, 2017 at 9:46 am


      live and learn.

  • 7. Sandra  |  January 5, 2017 at 4:00 am

    A hard lesson to learn, particularly at Christmas.

    • 8. plaridel  |  January 5, 2017 at 9:46 am


      unfortunately, most companies do it during the holidays hoping that it will deaden the pain.

  • 9. draliman  |  January 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Poor Josh 😦

    • 10. plaridel  |  January 5, 2017 at 9:46 am


      i can relate.

  • 11. michael1148humphris  |  January 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I do hope that he too got something better, sometimes it appears that the more one does to help out at work, the less one is valued.

    • 12. plaridel  |  January 5, 2017 at 9:45 am


      he did.

  • 13. neelwritesblog  |  January 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Nice story told with due empathy. Hope things worked out for him.

    • 14. plaridel  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm


      as long as he doesn’t lose hope, he’ll find another job.

  • 15. Alicia Jamtaas  |  January 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Ouch! That’s all I can say. Well done. Very very well done

    • 16. plaridel  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm


      thank you for reading as always. 🙂

    • 17. Alicia Jamtaas  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      My pleasure.

  • 18. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 6, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I wonder how soon his former workmates realize that they have to work more now…. Josh will find a new place soon. one where he’s seen for his true value.

    • 19. plaridel  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm


      there’s no doubt he’d find another job. hopefully, he’d learn from this experience.

  • 20. FabricatingFiction  |  January 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I suppose nobody is indispensable.

    • 21. plaridel  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm


      it’s a new world. company loyalty is dead. we have to look after ourselves first.

  • 22. rgayer55  |  January 8, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I’m surprised his ex-boss let him come to the party. It sounds like they let him go for economic reasons, as his job performance was stellar. It just goes to show, no one is indispensable.

    • 23. plaridel  |  January 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm


      the company had to cust costs. he was let go because he has no dependents and will likely find another job compared to the others.

  • 24. wmqcolby  |  January 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    That one hit home to me personally, Plaridel. I have been in that situation and have felt it recently. A lot of people are now starting to retire as well. Signs of the times of change.

    Thanks for this!

    • 25. plaridel  |  January 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm


      it’s a jungle out there. only the fittest survive.

      • 26. wmqcolby  |  January 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Haha! You’re right, my friend. A rat race— and the rats seem to win a LOT.

        • 27. plaridel  |  January 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm


          exactly. 🙂


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