The Horrors of Modern Life

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

He sat in the break room with his coffee, long chin upon his fist. He smiled at a memory.


He recalled a frost covered branch, crystals forming upon it like miniature mountain ranges. Jack walked away feeling good at the art he’d created. He hadn’t strode far before a man in a suit handed him a slip of paper.

“What’s this?” growled Jack, unaccustomed to interruptions.

“It’s a bill, sir,” said the man. “For the cooling costs.”

“A bill? You can’t bill me! Do you know who I am?”

“I do, sir. There’s no mistake. We at Central Electric aren’t human enough to make human errors.”

Jack’s eyes bugged at all the zeroes. “You must be mad! I don’t have this kind of money!”

The man shrugged. “Sorry, sir. There’ll be no more cooling until it’s paid.”


“Jack! Jack!”

Jack awoke from his reverie to see his wimpy boss standing over him. The 140-pound little prick never got respect anywhere else. He loved throwing his supervisory weight around wherever he could. “What, Stanley?” growled Jack.

“Coffee break’s over, lazy bones.”

“Piss off, Stanley!”

“You want to keep your temp job, Jack? Want to pay your bills, Mr. Frost? Get back to work!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
This entry was posted in Short Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to The Horrors of Modern Life

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh, those bureaucrats at Central Electric! I suspected they weren’t quite human. Poor Jack. The branch was nice work, too.

    Fun stuff, as always Eric!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Great modern rendition of Jack Frost and I feel bad for the guy with his name. Creative πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. List of X says:

    Ah, so that’s what the real reason behind the global warming: Jack Frost doesn’t have the money to pay the cooling costs.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Lyn says:

    That the electricity company is not quite human comes as no surprise. Poor Jack, you have to feel sorry for him, some of his artistic work is quite outstanding. Another good one, Eric πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I worked for an electricity company for several years so I can relate to this. I’m human again now though!

    My story – One Winter’s Night

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Poor Jack Frost. I suppose that would explain the warm winters.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ceayr says:

    Amusing as ever, Eric

    Liked by 1 person

  8. nonnaci says:

    Snowmen should have legal rights πŸ™‚ heheh

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jesse Raven says:

    Ha! As if we’d ever mistake a bureaucrat for humanity. Thanks, as always, for the laugh!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. LMAO! Love it! It’s a great story! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Hilarious, Eric. Jack Frost works for an electric company as a temp. You’ve let your imagination out to wander again. Good writing. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

Don't be shy. Say something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s