Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #91

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #91:

“I could get used to this”, thought Grace, as she padded around her apartment in just her panties. During the pandemic, she had been instructed by her employer, Mathis and Reid, to work from home, and dressing down every day was one of the perks.

She checked her watch. Fifteen minutes. She quickly pulled on a conservative, white blouse, her standard office attire, but dismissed the need for any other clothing. Adeptly brushing her short hair and applying minimal make-up, she poured herself a large glass of whiskey – must make sure that stays out of shot – and settled back to wait for her Zoom meeting.


There you go. Something to ponder, next time you see that important politician being interviewed on the news.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

26 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #91”

    1. The big problem I used to find was that my wife never knew the difference between “work from home” and “taking the day off”. Still doesn’t!
      But it was nice to be able to start working 5 minutes after getting up.

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  1. The odd thing I did during our first lockdown was to dress as though I was going out for lunch and I made sure my hair and makeup was just perfect, and this was just for the family zoom get-togethers. I wouldn’t normally do that if one or other of them was just dropping in for coffee.

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    1. gosh, I can’t remember when I last got smart. I think we went for a hight out in 2018, but before that, it would have been when I worked in London. I always shaved every day even straight after the stroke, because it felt like I wasn’t giving in.

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      1. Well done for keeping up with the shaving, it must have been difficult for you.
        I always hated it when my late husband didn’t shave because it always made him look scruffy.

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        1. Mrs Bump is now begging me to shave… my head! Because it looks unkempt and wild. I did shave it in about June, but she complained. So now I have let it just grow out. She has moaned about that, too, but I remember her initial complaints so have just left it. We have a barber in the village but somehow not so important to go out at the moment.

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            1. He was open back in August, we had one or two spikes but it was mostly clear until we had a spate in Sept/Oct. But yes, where I can happily do as I please I suppose a shop must follow the rules. I never really fancied anybody getting so close at the moment, although I suppose my local village barber’s would be low-risk. I don’t know how you’d achieve distancing if you went to the barber’s – half the time even a mask must be inappropriate.

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              1. I went in September to a new to me hairdresser. My usual hairdresser comes to the house but I wasn’t comfortable having anyone in the house.

                It was the first time in seven months I’d had my done. The girl ruined my hair, the cut is dreadful, and goodness knows what she used to highlight it because my hair now feels like dry straw. Oops digressing a bit😂, however, the staff wore masks and face shields and the customers used hand gel and wore masks.

                There were Perspex shields between the chairs. and I was allowed to take off my mask when there was no one else anywhere near me. Safety wise they were very good but I will not be going back!

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                  1. How Very true, my straw hair is tied back into a pony tail, I am definitely not smartly dressed and have spent the morning with a vacuum cleaner, polish, detox wipes, a feather duster and a washing machine!

                    During my brief breaks I’ve alternated between phone and tablet depending on which room I’m in to write WordPress comments. If it wasn’t for WordPress I’d have finished the chores a couple of hours ago and would now be starting lunch! 😀

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                    1. Haha, I just get enormous satisfaction from looking around at everything clean and tidy and it helps that I enjoy cleaning, it’s like taking a warm bath and getting into a bed with clean sheets!

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