Summer Job

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He was very timid.  This was his first attempt to find a job.  Only sixteen years old and out of school for the summer, he really wanted something that was not too intimidating.  He was hoping to make enough to finance a used car to drive to school.

He locked his bike and gathered his strength and determination walking to the door.  He had rehearsed a few potential questions with his mom who worked in human resources at a retail store.  The questions were mostly innocuous, but she warned him there could be some more personal ones asked that would be used to judge his character.

After, what seemed like an agonizingly long, four minutes, he was called into the office for his interview.  The woman seated behind the desk was quite pleasant and had the ability to put him a little at ease.  They discussed his potential job and his qualifications.  Found out what his goals were and then she asked the question he was hoping for.  “When can you start?”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – innocuous