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Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

The theme for today’s story is Lassitude.

What day was it? Tuesday? Thursday? Or was it still the weekend? She had no idea. Work had kept her busy putting in 12 hour days for weeks on end and usually she had to come into work on Saturday and Sunday. Cold symptoms had just about moved into her body and it did not look like they were leaving anytime soon. She only saw the daylight from the break room windows. How could she go on like this? It was too much for a body to handle. The project deadline was in 48 hours and if things were not finalized by then her head would be on the chopping block. Frantically, she texted her team to warn them about the late nights and early mornings ahead of them. She ordered lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a final breakfast to sustain them in these last two days. Later that evening, around 10 pm, she came to the horrible realization that her client would actually be coming in the next morning and what she thought was a nearly impossible 48 hour deadline was in fact only a 24 hour deadline with a mere 10 hours remaining. It was there in the conference room the blood rushed to her head and suddenly she woke up on the ground. Her team stood over her. Someone offered a cup of water. She could not speak or stand up on her own, something about a concussion.

Weeks later, after the breakdown, she sat in a wicker chair in the garden with a book open in her lap. She read the same page over and over before giving up at comprehension and deciding to watch the butterflies drunkenly float between the plants. It was a balmy day and the sun shined warmly bringing a smile to her face.

Thinking back on her job she could see now how unhappy she had been. In the moment, the severity of her physical and mental states had not been so easy to see. After her promotion last year her job responsibilities tripled and she was enjoying her new work along with the considerable pay raise. However, her ambitious nature did not go well with self-care and she had let that slip by the wayside. And in the end, she had been overcome by lassitude and her summer long sabbatical at home had been helping restore her spirits.

And with this post that makes twelve down and 14 more to go! Thank you for reading my short story. What did you think? If you are here with the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge, please leave a comment below because I would love to check out your posts!

P.S. Check out my other short stories HERE!


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