The Junk Box – p.18

February 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm 1 comment

That Friday night, the office was quiet, and the janitor was making his rounds. He hummed a silly tune as he worked, for he was one of those positive souls who can laugh at life and find joy in the smallest of things. He didn’t mind taking out trash, polishing desks, or sweeping floors, because it made things cleaner and brighter, and he earned a decent living besides.

As he rounded a corner, he noticed that a door had been left open that was usually shut and locked. He called out in case someone was working late, but got no answer. He peeked in and found the room was empty. There were tall, deep filing cabinets along the walls, shelves packed with storage bins, and one long table in the middle of the room with a cardboard box on it.

The janitor didn’t see any trash cans, or even a single dust bunny, and wondered who cleaned the room. He walked over to the table and looked at the empty box. It had obviously been used, it was worn and stained, but it was empty. He couldn’t imagine why anyone would be saving it, and decided to throw it out. He picked up the box, flipped it over, pulled the flaps apart, and folded the whole thing flat. His hands never tingled, and the box did not resist.

The janitor still hums his silly tune. The box found its way to a recycling center, and its pulp became toilet paper rolls.



Entry filed under: Story #11 - The Junk Box. Tags: , , .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Craig T. Adams  |  February 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    And thus the magic cardboard box made its way to not just one end, but many ends. The End? πŸ™‚


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