Drabble: Trying to Make a Living by Patrick Stahl

by specklit

I’ll never forget the stories Grandpa used to tell about working in the steel mill. The labor was hard, but the wizards paid well: two hundred hours a week. He lived to the old age of seventy-four.

Pa griped about his work a lot. He started out in Grandpa’s mill as a laborer, worked up the ladder, and was eventually promoted to foreman. Even then, he only earned one hundred and eighty hours. He passed at sixty-seven.

I got a call from my boss last night. I’m going to need a second job if I want to exist until retirement.

Author’s Note: The concept of wizards selling time enthralled me. I was especially interested in how it would relate to an economic depression


5 Responses to “Drabble: Trying to Make a Living by Patrick Stahl”

  1. Susan Gourley says:

    It would really take care of over population if the length of your life was determined by how many hours you worked.

  2. Jeff Hargett says:

    Getting paid in hours per week is indeed an interesting concept. Nicely done.

  3. Nicki Elson says:

    Ooh, Patrick. Very interesting—and sobering—concept. Wonderful writing too.

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