This week I’ve re-released On the Job, a short story previously published by Aspen Mountain Press.
The idea for this story originated from a job I held for several years at a cable television company. I didn’t really enjoy dealing with irate customers on a daily basis ~ for some reason, people have this insane belief that cable should be free ~ but one of the best parts of the job was working in the dispatch office. To be honest, I’d get more upset customers there than in sales, but at least when I was in dispatch, I was in a better position to help them out. Also, I interacted with the cable technicians daily, which is always more fun than dealing with a bunch of gossipy customer service reps!
This story was originally published by Aspen Mountain as part of a series entitled Working Man. At just over 5,000 words, this story is too short to go into print on its own, but recently AMP was gracious enough to release me from all my contracts at the same time, which will allow me to compile the stories in that series into one print collection. Yay!
Charles is a service technician with the cable company who doesn’t usually do new installs. His day is limited to trouble calls and reconnects.
But an irate customer has called into the office — he missed the installer and now demands the cable company send someone out to hook up his service. Charles is already in the neighborhood when he gets the call.
New installs aren’t usually in Charles’s job description. But when he meets the sexy Billy Jackson, he’s more than willing to hook the guy up.
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