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100 WCGU #86: Assembly Line Blues

She sighed as she glanced up at the monitor on which the recording of the Commandant played. The loop played continuously every day. She was able to stare at the screen and continue her tedious assembly work, having done it for more years than she could count. A gasp and her neighbor collapsed; the radiation took some of them quickly while others continued to suffer and toil. She watched as the worker was whisked away and a rookie took his place. A glance back and she saw the one who would replace her, and the one who would replace him; the queue was so long.


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It’s good to be back in the mix with the good folks over at 100 WCGU; I’ve missed responding to prompts these last few weeks, but now that I’m on the downstroke for my Camp NaNo project, I’ll be working my way back. Click the picture above to go to the challenge page and add your own. The five bold words are this week’s prompt.


  1. The Real Cie April 23, 2013 3:26 pm

    I did assembly work for a few months. I’d rather do it than some of the other jobs I’ve done, though it is really mind numbing.

    • AR Neal April 23, 2013 3:39 pm

      Agreed! There are times when the monotony can be a comfort as compared to (as you mention) some other jobs.

  2. Alicia Audrey April 23, 2013 6:28 pm

    Interesting take on the prompt! Being so replaceable… No one wants to admit to it.
    My response: http://www.aliciaaudrey.com/blog/lastwalk/

    • AR Neal April 24, 2013 9:53 pm

      Thank you for stopping in, Alicia!

  3. sandraconner April 24, 2013 12:59 am

    Oh, this is really powerful. You’ve set the stage for hopelessness and then really hit us with it hard at the end. Very well done.

    • AR Neal April 24, 2013 6:16 pm

      Thank you for your comment and for popping in, Sandra!

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