7 Days of Work – Sara Halas
670 words Literary
Like so many, Francesca finds herself suppressed by her day job with no time to follow her passion for writing. Will she give in to the pressures of modern life and give up on her dreams, or find a way out before it’s too late?
On her first day of work, Francesca signed a contract to avoid being herself, because she wasn’t paid to be. The only way to do this was to forget that the hours she spent working were precious, and kick herself when this involuntary amnesia grew weary.
Not Who You Are at 21 – Sara Halas
1100 words Literary
Lucy is 21, and seeing a man she can’t imagine being with at the age of 30. Without him, she’s plagued by loneliness, but when they’re together, she knows she’s not his only one. Will she choose to leave him, or always feel second best?
At 30 I won’t be who I am at 21 was Lucy’s justification for arching her bare back on a mattress deprived of a bed. Sleeping without a sheet wasn’t something she’d normally do, either. The plastic drain cap vibrated beneath her right foot to the hum of the bathroom fan. In the late afternoon half-light, the pale yellow walls appeared darker than they actually were and the shower felt even hotter.