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Separate

May 24

A common experience in every global city today is the subject of this story, a moving consideration of differences in class we all see but rarely notice. Each of our 100 Word stories is an affecting piece of flash fiction that brings to life a particular moment, idea or setting.


Many nights while walking home, I see a young man with his headphones in, collecting and separating trash amidst the stench of the massive dumpsters that serve most of the street. Like millions around the city who drive taxis or clean tables or press elevator buttons, it is unlikely that I would be able to pick him out in a line-up. Whenever our paths cross I feel intensely guilty that there is perhaps nothing in common between us, apart from being around the same age, that even on the same road he occupies a world completely separated from mine.

 




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