Ever get fed up with people who really don’t know how to do their jobs? That’s what led to this flash fiction story.
Published in Excerpt Flight Deck 1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing, 2012.
Competence is a commodity in low supply. Amazing that the world functions at all really. But incompetence does have an upside: it creates such temping opportunities for predators.
You’d never give me a second glance. In appearance, I’m pale and bland. The only remarkable thing about me is a black spot under my thumbnail. If you bothered to get to know me better, you’d recognize it as a sign of my true nature.
Inconspicuous and invidious.
How trusting you people are. The coffee cup unattended in the food court, the step too close to the subway platform.
Innocent and inattentive.
Lucky for you that I’ve learned to, shall we say, engineer my violent tendencies…