Résumé, circa 800 BC

Vulcan, master of fire, celestial artist, lame and outcast – that’s your résumé, all of it?”

“It is.”

“It’s… fairly niche.”

“I suppose.”

“And why exactly are you seeking a new role?”

“The wife.”

“High maintenance?”

“And then some.”

“Ah… happens to the best of us.”

“So, do you think you have anything suitable?”

“It’s tricky in today’s climate, but… fire mastery – that’s a definite asset.  There’s a call for that.”


“Mmm.  Any allergies?”

“Me?  No.”

“You’re ok with sulphur, for instance?”

“As far as I know.”

“Well, there’s a fanatical bunch seeking someone to blame.  Bit downmarket for you, I’m afraid.  Though you might get to star in a decent poem or two.”

“Fine, let’s give it a whirl!”


This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is below, copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.


22 thoughts on “Résumé, circa 800 BC

    • Personally, I tend to blame the women for letting men write all the myths. Bonobos never stood for any of that patriarchal nonsense, so I don’t see why homo sapiens ever did 🙂

    • Oh I dunno, I get the impression that gods like taking it pretty easy. Creation took, what, six days? They botched that and they’ve been idling about the place ever since! Pfft.

    • Thanks. Well, they must have had interviews of some kind, I suppose – probably just not as ridiculous as ours. “So, where do you see yourself in five years time?” “Hmm probably thrown to the lions in the Colosseum…” I doubt if that would be a winning approach 🙂

  1. I loved that you have included Ares (Vulcan) over here … He was a messy guy and caused trouble when he got in between Aphrodite and Hephaestus As a matter of fact he gave her two kids: Eros and Antheros!…
    I loved your flash fiction, Sue.
    Thank you and best wishes, Aquileana 😀

    • Dear Aquileana, I’m especially pleased that you enjoyed this little story since it was finding your blog that made me want to write a piece about Vulcan – my personal favourite among the gods. I used to have a far better grasp of all the mythological shenanigans that went on in old Greece and Rome, but I’m sure that reading your posts will jog my memory nicely 🙂

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