The short stories I’ve written to date have varied in length, but are typically 2,000 to 3,000 words in length. The Hokum* series are longer averaging around 5,000 words in length. So, here is a story attempting to master the art of brevity. It is one of a series I have written over the last 12 months tapping into the trend for shorter, ‘flash’ fiction. Masters of the genre include Amy Hempel and Lydia Davis (check her out here).
Others I’ve written in this series are: ‘Slide’, ‘His New Glasses’ and ‘No Harm Done’.
Read ‘Job’ by Giles Ward here:
The lady in room 6038 looked beautiful. She really did. I don’t know much about fashion like that, but you can tell by the shoes, can’t you? What do you think, $500 a pair? More maybe. I wouldn’t be surprised. She smelt so good and her skin was as smooth as cream. I liked the scarf that she wore in her hair and I was going to say so when she held her hand up in my face and said: “No you don’t. Don’t think I give you people tips. You do the job – the hotel pays you plenty I know. I understand hotels. You want more you ask the manager for a pay rise and see what they give you. I don’t subsidise you people. If you don’t like it, get a better job.” And she left the room then and walked down the corridor. CONTINUE
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