Co-workers, a free flash fiction story by Ray Daley

17 Jan

By Ray Daley

Despite their very different backgrounds and cultures, two coworkers find enough common ground for mutual respect and a pleasant chat. Only one of them is human.

“Hey Deke, back from prayers already?”
“Hallo Marcus, yes. Prayers are over for today. God is satisfied.” said Deke.
“Good to know man! That God is a tough one to please. Did you catch the game yesterday night?” Marcus asked.
“Sorry, no. I was at study, must to be learning the English more better.” said Deke.
“Just say ‘must learn English better’, okay Deke?” said Marcus.
“Thank you for your help Marcus. You are a good man.” said Deke.
“Not a problem, my friend. Are you still coming to the barbeque this weekend?” asked Marcus.
“Sure am, my mate is looking forward to meeting you and your offspring.” said Deke.
“You know there’s going to be meat, right? That’s not going to be a problem like the last time?” asked Marcus.
“No, am in shame still. Have special tablet now, will fix all okay. No go crazy any more.” said Deke.
“Hey, it’s okay man. We weren’t to know chicken would set you off like that. There won’t be any there this time, I promise! By the way, Mister Baker came by the line earlier. He was real pleased with your progress, says he’s never seen anyone take to the welding line quite like you.” said Marcus.
“I am pleased to make him happy Marcus. Is not easy for one like me to find work here, trying best to make new home.” said Deke.

An alarm buzzer sounded all across the factory.

“Time to go back to work, would shake hands but would take too long. Would be late! You are good man! See you at weekend!” Deke said, smiling as he left the break room.
“You ain’t so bad yourself Deke, for a twelve armed creature from Centauri Two.” Marcus said to himself as he headed back to work.


Authors Notes:- The bit at the top in italics was a writing prompt from reddit. I didn’t actually HAVE to write anything else this week as I’d already completed the Bradbury Challenge but I couldn’t resist knocking a quick story out and figured why not pop it on the blog for folks to read.

So here it is.

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