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Late Again

by Jonathan Hill
Originally published by on 26/11/2016

Pete grips the steering wheel in despair as he turns onto the main road. He’s going to be late for work. Again! And he’ll have to explain himself to his line manager and she’s never going to believe him. She never does.

The red light changes three times and he barely moves an inch. To his right, a stapler nudges forward. In front, a blue marker pen aggressively honks its horn. Across the central reservation, a hole punch narrowly avoids a pothole.

He dials his work, gets put through to that familiar condescending voice.

He swallows and says, “Traffic’s stationery.'

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