Price Increase – By John Bruce
Flash Fiction / January 25, 2009

Digital Discipline Technologies, which everyone refers to by its abbreviation DDT, has, like most such places, a company cafeteria in its world headquarters building. It’s proud of its cafeteria. It has a variety of ethnic foods, and it’s been designed to give employees little alcoves where they can eat with a sense of privacy and thereby reduce the stress they build up while working at DDT. In fact, it’s been cited as one of the factors that put DDT consistently on some list or other of the 200 best places to work. “In these difficult economic times,” said R. Bambi Presswell, Senior Vice President for Human Resources in a recent issue of DDT’s house organ, The Digit, “we’re especially concerned at holding the line on prices in the cafeteria. We feel we’re working with our employees to maintain mutual trust and productivity in light of our recent adjustments in health and retirement benefits.” It goes without saying that those adjustments were downward. And whatever the employees saved on the enchilada casserole entrée would definitely not offset those adjustments to health and retirement benefits. Bob Stiles generally ate the spaghetti and meatballs entrée every Tuesday. The meatballs in fact weren’t bad….

Helicopters, Volcanoes and Lakes – By firefly
Flash Fiction / January 18, 2009

*This story won the SSL Writing Forum – Contest #3* “Not another cloudy day to be flying this bloody helicopter for the sightseers,” growled Jose. “Seems to me, every time we have one of these tours lately, the weather is foul.” He had worked for a major airline and was one of the top pilots for many years and his income had been one to envy. The sacrifices he made far outweighed the advantages of the job. No wife or children for Jose, he never had the time for love, his work was his love. But due to the economic climate at the time, redundancy was offered and Jose figured now was a great time to branch out into something else. The Business Weekly had this little touring company featured for months now and for some unknown reason, his eyes had been drawn to the add each time. More than the business, it was the lifestyle he was looking forward too. Nestled in the mountains and right on the edge of Lake Hapachowchow, this sleepy little village moved at a pace he had been dreaming of for a long time. It came to life in the summer months when the…