ST100: My Name Is Joe by A. Joseph Black

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My Name Is Joe by A. Joseph Black

I’ll tell him today. It’s ridiculous, really. Six years I’ve worked here and Bill the doorman calls me Brian.

“Morning Brian.”
“Soft oul day, Brian.”
“Good weekend Brian?”

Every freaking day.

“Bill, my name’s not Brian, it’s Joe.”

Now how hard is that? I’ll just tell him, put him straight. Today.

I approach the door. Bill sees me from inside and opens it before I reach it. Why’s he done that? He never does that.

“Morning Brian.”

“Bill – “

“Yes Brian?”

“I…it’s just…I wanted to tell you…to say…”

“C’mon now Brian, spit it out.”

“…thanks.”

“You’re welcome, Brian. You’re welcome.”

The SHORT TALE 100 – AUGUST 2016

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