Have you ever been faced with a task, at work or at home, that seemed so big you didn’t know where to start?
Have you ever been hustled by a supervisor, external or internal, to make a start whether ready or not?
Have you ever jumped in, hoping it would all work out in the end?
Have you ever chipped away without any real sense of direction and eventually found what you were looking for?
It was of these situations I was thinking as I responded to this week’s flash fiction prompt set by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch to In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a chisel. Use chisel as a noun or a verb. Think about what might be chiseled, who is chiseling. Be the chisel. Go where the prompt leads!
The monumental task cast a shadow deep and long, miniaturising the toolkit at his feet.
He shook his head, muttering complaints and impossibilities.
The supervisor appeared. “Better get started. No time to waste.”
He rummaged through the toolkit, lifting, inspecting and replacing each implement in turn.
“What’s the holdup?” bellowed the supervisor.
He grabbed the mallet and whacked the stone. “Take that!” Chunks smashed around him. He wiped his brow and whacked again.
“Great. You’ve started at last,” encouraged the supervisor.
Later, as the light turned, the shadow faded and diminished. He lifted his chisel and refined his work.
Of course, I’ve had the opposite happen too. I’ve begun a task that I thought was miniscule but turned out to be mammoth. What about you?
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.
Image of quarry by Ann Jessica Johnson from Pixabay.