Persistence. I had to fit letter P for the A to Z Challenge into this month’s Fiction in 50 Words from the Bookshelf Gargoyle.  His theme?

When One Door Shuts

I thought persistence was a pretty good word to go with ‘when one door shuts, another one will open’.  Not that it really works like that. I came up with this one.



The Glass Ceiling

It was just what she wanted; she was perfect for it. Her big career break.

The email said ‘another more qualified candidate’ blah, blah.

When the guy in the adjacent cubicle was promoted she saw red.

“Another door will open,” her friend said.

Oh, yeah?

She reached for the sledgehammer.

© J M Pett 2017

I sometimes think too many of my ‘fiction in fifty words’ have violent endings from a woman wronged!

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6 thoughts on “Persistence #Fi50 #AtoZChallenge

    • 19 April, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks, Trin! I confess the only Stephen King I’ve read is his ‘On Writing’ which is very helpful. But I’ve had 11/22/63 on my list for some time. Looking forward to seeing you on Fi50!

  • 20 April, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I thought she was going to use that sledge hammer to make an opening in case a door didn’t open! I guess she used it to wap the co-worker for making that annoying comment.

    Finding Eliza

    • 20 April, 2017 at 10:21 am

      When I wrote it, I thought she would smash her way through… but the alternative use on her colleague is another way!

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