The Boss #It’sSixSentenceStoryLinkUp

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“Well, I’m so glad you could grace us with your presence,” said my supervisor when I walked into the office ten minutes late my first day on the job.

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Fullerton, but my son couldn’t find his homework, and…”

Cutting me off with an exasperated wave, she said, “I expect my employees to be punctual, understand?”

Not wanting to lose this job the way I’d lost the last one, I nodded and walked into the cubicle I’d been assigned.

Mrs. Fullerton probably never had any kids of her own, I thought, sitting at my desk and turning on my computer.

As if reading my thoughts, the older woman appeared in the doorway, her face softening, and said, “I’ve had children, and I know how hard motherhood can be, but they need to learn who’s the boss.”


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story prompt for inspiring the above work of fiction. If you’d like to participate, click here.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

24 thoughts on “The Boss #It’sSixSentenceStoryLinkUp”

    1. You’re absolutely right. This mother needs to learn to put her foot down. Unfortunately, children nowadays aren’t expected to take responsibility the way we were when I was growing up. Hence, my last sentence. Thank you for reading and commenting.


    1. I would hope so but probably not. I don’t think today’s parents raise their children the way I was raised. If I’d lost my homework, no doubt my mother would have said, “Well, I guess you just won’t turn it in. I don’t have time to look for it.” That would have taught me to take responsibility and not take my mother for granted. Thank you for reading and commenting.


  1. Nice story. I like that Mrs. Fullerton turned out to have a little compassion at the end and was able to recognize the narrator’s dilemma, but her inability to look at the narrator as an individual with individual problems keeps her ‘love to hate’ rating high.

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