100 Word Wednesday: Her Perfect Vocation #100WordWednesday #amwriting #dystopia

Thanks to Bikurgurl for hosting #100WordWednesday August 9, 2017.


Credit: Photo by Jane, Twitter


 Lacey shook out her golden hair. Deborah eyed her daughter,” We’re here Lacey, this is where you’ll find out your vocation.”

“But I don’t even know what I’ll wear tomorrow. I’m not even sixteen.”

“The judges decide. Since long ago, each consecutive group of them provides citizens with the right jobs.”

” I’ve many interests. Not one.”

“Life isn’t fair, Lacey.” 

Deborah smoothed her skirt down three times.”They don’t know your thoughts. But the rigorous testing you’ve done, your DNA, genetic lineage, your social interactions, and other scientific data guides the Judges.”

“But you said they don’t know my thoughts?” 

“They’re not going to ask for your opinion. They know.”

“That’s the problem, Mom. There’s more than ‘knowing.’ There’s that feeling that tells you your purpose deep down.”

“They Judges don’t consider feelings or emotions. They don’t see people beyond their job skills.” 

Deborah shushed Lacey. Her hands trembled. “Whatever they say, Lacey, that’s your vocation.”

“Outcasts don’t last long, your father’s one and that life’s harsh. They’ll watch out for that ‘rebellious spirit’ in you.”

“I can’t keep my true-self masked. I’ll be miserable.”

“No one’s happy here,” Deborah whispered. 

But Lacey didn’t hear her. Deborah watched her daughter ascend the ancient silver staircase and knew her daughter would be searching for her father soon. 


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.

5 thoughts on “100 Word Wednesday: Her Perfect Vocation #100WordWednesday #amwriting #dystopia

    • mandibelle16 August 17, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thanks JR. I don’t blame her either. At least Triss in the ‘Divergent’ dystopian book series, got to choose her job/are of life but Lacey doesn’t even receive that.

      I was also thinking how in many places, in Germany in Europe for example, they start streamlining students at a younger age towards specific career areas — even towards university or a technical school. Or towards harder high school programs and ones that are easier for those who don’t need the ‘Ivey League’ type courses.

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  1. bikurgurl August 27, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I’m drawn to this story — with my own children embarking on their secondary educations, exploring career options….to be denied that? Unthinkable. Thank you for joining us this week 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 August 27, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Thanks Bikurgurl. I’m glad u relate. Everyone should have that choice for themselves and for society. Sink or swim they’ll learn and find what fits eventually.

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      • bikurgurl August 28, 2017 / 9:30 am

        Absolutely! Predefined parameters for most of us not only cramp our creativity, but our souls ❤

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