Friday Fictioneers: 2024

Photo Prompt by Claire Sheldon

The words litter the walls of my cubicle:

Happiness is Productivity

Every morning, I dive into bliss, glad to be fruitful. Robotics have replaced meaningful jobs and attending University is unattainable, except for the uber-wealthy. Fearing the words ‘welfare state,’ the Government creates jobs for workers like me, so we too stay productive.

I am a ‘Stapler.’

Daily, I receive stacks of paper, filled with meaningless words. I separate, stack, and staple. Eight hours a day. At the end of my shift, I gather my packets and pass them to Pete in the next cubicle.

Pete is the ‘Un-stapler.’


This story was inspired not only by the great George Orwell’s 1984, but also by a photo prompt posted on Friday Fictioneer’s a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less. Photo Prompt provided by Clare Sheldon



22 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: 2024

  1. Oooh, part of me finds this chilling and part of me finds this fascinating. There are so many layers of story here, I can easily see this as a snippet to a larger, futuristic/dystopian tale.


  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Sadly you describe well some well known employment strategies, yet there are ten million and one valuable jobs that desperately need doing, left undone.


  3. What a scary situation… I used to say that healthy welfare recipients should be obliged to work at something to get their money… this is ridiculous though. And one I would not be surprised the government would come up with!


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