The World Beyond the Window …


What follows comes from here; it is a story, a simple story …

That’s his desk, so neat and clean, a perfect example of the ‘clean desk’ policy he demands of his staff. But on his screen? Well, that’s his escape. He thinks.

Every day I come here and clean under his desk, under his chair. It’s my second job, because with what he pays me, I can’t afford to live in the cruddiest apartments across the way from his window. My apartment doesn’t have a window. It doesn’t have a balcony. It’s one room. It’s all I can afford.

The dream he has of a dark forest, running streams, fresh air – it will never happen. I know why, too. I know his secret. I know what keeps him tied to this spot, to this desk, to this dream.

What do I want to do about it? I could blackmail him, get more money, become as bad as he is … or I could keep up with my plan. Live in my dumpy, dark apartment where it costs extra just to use the lift; I save every cent, so frugal I own one pair of pyjamas, two t-shirts, one pair of jeans and one pair of shorts, five undies (weekends are commando – saves undies!). Oh, and for working here? I have two sets of work pants (pre-loved, but good quality) and three shirts – all the same colour. It’s the uniform I have for this place. It’s my camo.

And for the cleaning? Shorts and singlet. And then I use his personal bathroom to shower and clean up, wash my gear, brush my teeth – why should I pay extra at my place for the water to clean off his dirt?

And in three years, eight months and four days and a few hours, I’ll have enough money to fly so far beyond the view from that window that not even the fake dream on his screen will see  …


the pic? It’s from Austin Poon at

Oh, and I was supposed to add another pic and pester … erm … nominate three others. Well the pic is now there (late, of course – I am a writer!), but if you want to nominate yourself, make my day!

the house






16 thoughts on “The World Beyond the Window …

    • Today is a cool day – which means it won’t go over 35C. Probably. Apart from yesterday, we had 7-8-9 days of >38C (the reason I can’t remember exactly how many days? the heat melts the brain!).

      I’m not good with short fiction – but my novels are short (compared to most).

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