Drabble: The End of the Beginning

Genre: slice of life
Takes place after The Apprentice’s Bread Story.


When he first started his apprenticeship, it was half because he liked bread and half because he needed the money. He hadn’t expected to spend the next five years struggling so much with even just the basics.

Faced with failures after failures, his feelings changed. He was no longer in it for the bread anymore, and the money wasn’t worth the heartache. What kept him going was the burning desire to prove to his master that he wasn’t a complete failure. He might be the slowest learner ever, but once he got it he made sure his creations tasted amazing.

One day, his master pulled him aside.

“From tomorrow onward, you are no longer my apprentice.”

He was too stunned to say anything. There was still so much he had to learn before he could graduate. He couldn’t stop now. But… it wasn’t surprising for his master to give up on him. So many apprentices who started after him had already completed their training and moved on. Only he remained, year after year.

“Instead, you will be my employee. If that is what you want.”

It took him three tries to talk properly.

“Yes. Of course. Yes. What time do I start?”

He didn’t know why his master would want to keep him around, but he was going to make it work.


Posted on May 3, 2017, in Short Stories and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Word of the Day Challenge

Alternative haven for the Daily Post's mourners!

Isabel Caves

Poetry, Fiction & Photography

Shawn Writes Stuff

Not necessarily well, but here we are.

Little Wee Stories

Very short stories to delight and entertain


Faristha Kanakkapillai

%d bloggers like this: