s you drive
your car you notice a man on a horse keeping pace on the
left. You can’t see his uniform, but he seems like a cop. He has paperwork.
He motions you over. Oh no—a ticket will be bad. This will ruin your
probation. This will make you late for work. This will cost you money and
He looks at the paperwork and mentions personal things about you. How
does he know? It is a McDonald’s "opportunity sheet" and you have been chosen
to sample the job.
The place is disorganized. You try to make sandwiches, to wait on people,
all with no training—just jump right in.
It is not going well. You go out to the shed for sandwich wrappers and
come back with a load of boards instead. You can do better than this.
The horseman shows up outside. He motions to you. Oh no—not again. You do
not want to talk to him, but you know he will not go away. He is like Mr.
You drop what you are doing and take your time walking up to him. You
look way up to him as he waits on his powerful, shining horse. He gives you
another mission, this one more challenging. You are not sure you can do it.
You know you could master McDonald’s after a while, but this is tough.
He gives you a deep, knowing look and you realize that this horseman is
not in charge of your destiny. You are, and you alone.
You climb onto the horse and ride off with him. You feel scared. You feel
David A. Bright focuses on writing and running in Onset, an
old-fashioned village near Cape Cod. His short story, "Ex-Wife," is
in the summer issue of The Rose & Thorn Literary E-Zine. He has also published
short fiction in Artisan, The Iconoclast, The Pegasus Review and
other journals He has worked as a high tech journalist, limo driver, postal
worker, and proprietor of a new age gift shop.
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