Lost in a Nightmare – #99WordStories

March 13, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a place where children once played. It can be a field, a playground, or any place that attracted children to play. But now it is empty. Abandoned. Go where the prompt leads!

Sabbatical: A rest or break from work. A concept based on the Biblical practice Shmita (sabbatical year), which is related to agriculture.


“Jason, please come in here.” He hesitated when finding Terri sitting on the sofa. She motioned, “Please, sit.”

Whisper-quiet, Terri spoke, “Jason, you seem distracted, worried. We are concerned. Is everything ok?”

Not wanting this conversation, Jason mumbled, “It’s all good.”

“I’ve spoken with the partners, you are a valuable colleague, but we need you 110%. Take some time off, 6 months, a year, get yourself together. After, if you want to come back, your job will be here.”

Stunned and speechless, Jason left.  Six months? A year? He wondered, can you fix when you don’t know what’s broken?

A typical sabbatical is given every 7 years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone in the workforce were given these extended periods of rest, instead of getting so burned out they can’t perform their best and ending up like Jason?