The Work Commute

“The Work Commute” features a narrator describing their work commute through the course of a work week. Each day the narrator describes how their work commute differs, the body language of the other commuters, why coworkers wish to get into car accidents, how the weather affects people’s moods, and why it’s futile to work for the weekend.

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This is why their happiness dissipates quickly like rain on hot pavement on Sunday nights. The scenes of relaxation floating through their minds replaced by the monotonous loop of their work commutes.

As for me, Sunday night doesn’t rob my happiness. I refuse to let it. Yes, I have my commute to deal with tomorrow morning, but it’s not tomorrow morning right now. And even when it is, I will confront the day with a smile and gratefulness. As I awake to see another.

The night is calm. I can hear the bugs outside and the the hum of cars passing on the nearby street. A train far away blows its horn. I hear it again, but the horn is fainter now. The night is calm, and so am I.

I am ready for tomorrow.

What Made Me Write The Work Commute?

This story came to me while I was driving to work one morning. As soon as I got to work, I wrote down the outline and tweak it for about a month. More ideas would come to me while driving to and from work, and working my day-job. So is this story about me? Not really.

Granted, I do include some parts of my work commute in this story but I also took pieces from my coworkers and people I overhear in other public spaces. I combined all of those into this story.

To me, this was fun to write because this is something everyone who works, or has to drive during rush hour, goes through. Why not write a story about it?

Finally, I didn’t want to direct the story to be “driving sucks!” or “traffic makes people angry!” because not only is that simple, but it doesn’t make for an entertaining narrative. We all have at one time been stuck in traffic and let our mind wander. The narrator in the short story does that, pondering all types of things:

  • What the other commuters are doing in their cars stuck in traffic?
  • Can he or she jog after work or will it rain?
  • Do people really want to get into a car accident so they don’t have to go to work?

Where Can You Find This Story?

You can download a sample of the short story below (in PDF format). The full story is in the “Seven Short Stories” collection on Amazon for $2.99.