Reboot: A Short Story

This is a short story that I wrote today on a creative prompt.
The prompt is ” His mind went numb as he stared blankly at his phone. His gaze was centered at only one word… Reboot. “

His mind went numb as he stared blankly at his phone. His gaze was centred at only one word… Reboot.

Reboot, restart, refresh. The mind chanted.

And then the reality hit him, like an eight hundred-pound truck. Perhaps, that is what his life had become, a piece of machinery, craving for solace, to be shut down, and then sprung back, with new vigour. As he walked out into the main lobby of the office, he paused and laughed at the ironical message of peace that the corporate gives. The ride back home usually was a cacophony of notification alerts. Today, this faded away as the sound of the wind swooshing by took over. He rested his head against the window, slowly letting the streetlight touch his face, and then lurk in the shadows of his eyes. He breathed.

Mind clear, head held high, he rang the bell.
“You look different”, mother said. What happened?
“I rebooted”, he smirked.

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We all have witnessed or know someone who has witnessed the harsh ruthlessness of the capitalistic world and the ‘Corporate Slave’ culture. This is a short story of awareness and realisation. Share it with those people and do tell me your views on this in the comment section below !

I also invite fellow bloggers to write on the creative prompt “Reboot”. I would love to read your short stories and the best ones will be tagged on my blog in the subsequent posts. This is open for all. I will be inviting some bloggers on their blogs personally too. Do tag me on your blog and inform me when you do it. ✨✨

66 Comments Add yours

  1. Yleniaely says:

    Very wonderful short story!!! 👏👏😃😊

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend Ely ! 💖✨

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      1. Yleniaely says:

        You’re most welcome!!! ❤️🥰😘💕🤗

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      2. magarisa says:

        A succinct story with an important reminder for all of us!

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  2. Good story Piyush.
    Sometimes we need to be reminded to step away from the corporate world and constant notifications. A reboot refreshes everyone.

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  3. Amazing short story ☺️

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  4. Sometimes we need to clear our heads when we get too deep into the rat race. Good one, Piyush

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    1. Indeed, Thank you so much Shweta 💖😊

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  5. Beautifully penned in so few words 🌺🦋

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      1. You are most welcome, my friend 🤗🌺

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  6. Era says:

    Amazing story !

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    1. Thank you so much Era ! 💖😊

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  7. Era says:

    Amazing story!

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  8. That’s indeed an eye-opener.

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    1. I agree Sir, thanks for commenting !

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  9. We do need time away from gadgets and time for experiencing the beauty and serenity of nature, amazing story!

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    1. Thanks a lot ! 💖✨

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  10. Rishika Jain says:

    I love the last line!

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  11. I did not see THAT coming! Wonderfully written, Piyush!

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  12. Nathi says:

    Unfortunately, most of us stuck running a rat race. And a well written tale, Piyush!

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    1. Agreed and Thank you Nathi ! ✨

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      1. Nathi says:

        Always my pleasure 😇 and have a wonderful day!!

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  13. Ah, well told. You’re an artist.

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    1. Thanks a lot ! 💖✨

      Like

  14. Your short story is a fabulous way to present and deal with this issue all at the same time.

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    1. Thanks a lot ! 💖✨

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  15. Good one Piyush. Digital detox is an absolute must to reboot.

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  16. Reboot!
    Short and captivating story.
    Well done. 👍🏽

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      1. You are always welcome.

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  17. Really relevant to the crisis the employees are facing being laid off by the corporate companies 👏👏

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  18. Please keep up the good work.

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  19. Nawazish says:

    Beautifully penned Piyush!❤❤ I missed the post out somehow..it was not in my feed. Anyways, so well written and it makes us realise we need not to follow rat race blindly too!

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    1. Thank you so much ! 💖
      Yes, it happens sometimes. I also miss out some posts in my feed. Not a problem !

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  20. usfman says:

    Part II of this story might be what did he do to reboot?

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    1. Sure, I’ll write about it

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  21. Chetna says:

    Nice story, Piyush.💫

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    1. Thank you so much Chetna ! 💖

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  22. Ramya Vivek says:

    Loved this story. 👌

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Loveblossom says:

    Creative and Fun to read 😇😇🧚‍♀️♥️🌸

    Like

  24. besondersite says:

    Great story! Keep writing 😀

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    1. Thank you so much ! 💖✨

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Ms.T.J says:

    But then what happened? After the conversation with his mother it just ends. Is this the full story?

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    1. No, this was supposed to be a short story with suspense. Stay tuned and follow for more ! ✨

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  26. Jyotsna Shenoy says:

    Hey pal!

    I have nominated you for a blogger award! https://artpsychoblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/the-original-outstanding-blogger-award/

    Check it out, do acknowledge it and ping back at your leisure when you revert to this post as given!

    Thanks and Regards

    Jyotsna ❤

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    1. Thank you for the nomination ! ✨

      Liked by 1 person

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