100 word fiction #9: Interview


The applicant is as well spoken as she is dressed and qualified. She’s perfect for the job. But the way she speaks bugs him.

Decades ago he worked on a government project, cheap digital dictionaries for slum kids, teaching them how to speak and read proper. They sprinkled vocal tics into the computer voice, random strange vowel inflections.

The way she pronounced ‘elite’ was one of his, thought up on a sudden whim.

When she leaves he puts the red mark on her dossier and adds “Unsuitable For Position”. After all, he’s seen where those kids come from, and how could he trust anyone like that?



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