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Just 12 Tables

June 14, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

June 10, 2021, prompt: June 10, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a new way to office. Has the office changed? Can we return to normal after big changes or time away? Go where the prompt leads!

Just 12 Tables

The restaurant couldn’t survive the COVID lockdown. I worked in the back of the house as a prep cook. One year out of school with a culinary arts degree and dreams of working hard and one day opening a small place of my own.

Just 12 tables, that’s my dream.

I start my day now by hitting the library to use one of the public computers. I check my LinkedIn. Then I walk over to the House of Charity where I volunteer cooking meals.

With thanks that I’m one of the lucky ones, I say a prayer for tomorrow.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2021 12:58 pm

    This guy has the right attitude.

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  2. June 14, 2021 11:59 pm

    One of the lucky ones, what a perspective. Times have been tough for so many, that’s for sure. Powerful take on the prompt, Michael, great writing.

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  3. June 16, 2021 11:11 pm

    Michael, your title is like a haunting refrain to your story. Such a mix of emotions and derailed dreams.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. June 19, 2021 9:20 am

    I like how he’s making the best of his situation. Nice story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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