Today's post title is a bit of a misnomer. "Not in the Job Description" clocks in at 3106 words, which is well over the upper limit for flash fiction. But I thought it appropriate to give you something a bit meatier today since it's been so long since I have posted any kind of fiction here.
Another big difference is the type of prompt that led to the story and where I received it. Normally, I work from random first line prompts gotten from readers, generators, or Pinterest. However, "Not in the Job Description" was originally written as an audition for a staff writer position I applied to last year.
Obviously, I didn't end up with the job, although this audition did get me an interview with the owner and main editor. They were looking for someone who could crank out a finished novel in a month and who is comfortable writing elements of romance. I can't speak as to whether or not I could crank out a novel in a month given a full eight hours a day to write. Writing hasn't been much of an income source for me, so I've always spent the majority of my time working as a maid or administrator to make the bills, merely writing in what time I can carve out around the necessities. But, anyone who has read my work before can tell I don't really do romantic elements, at least not of the type this particular company wanted, so the job wasn't a good fit.
Still, I got this short story out of it featuring a pair of my favorite morally gray characters, Emma and Cam from the Supers Universe. So, I thought I would share this short story with you today since I still managed to make it work within the larger story as a whole. It's set about a month after the events of "Ride or Die."
While reading the other stories in the Supers Universe will clue you in on some references and connections within the short, you don't need to have read any of the other stories for this one to make sense.
So, on to the prompt.
I cleared out my email, perhaps a bit more ruthlessly than I probably should have about a month ago, so this is all done from memory.
In addition to working as a freelance writer, A. B. England is a novelist, all around geek, avid crafter, and a homeschooling mother of two.
She is an autistic creator with a love of mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
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