My phone wandered off. Again. One day, it’ll cost me my job.
It keeps floating down to the coffeeshop, and by the time I track it down, it’s paid-it-forward to any customer that fits my MobileMatch profile. Sure, my dating life’s improved, but the boss lambasts me when I miss his calls.
Today, I have a deadline—no time to chase wayward technology.
From its wanderings, it peppers my inbox with photos: Trees. A lake. A moss-covered bridge.
The boss emails, fuming about unanswered texts.
I send one more thing—my resignation—and hurry to find my phone.
Wendy Nikel’s short fiction has been published by Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and elsewhere. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com
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