Flash Fiction #167


PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior


Start your own business, they said.  Become an independent sub-contractor.  Be your own boss and answer to no-one.

It was a great idea, but this was a downside that the cube drones only had to worry about once a year, by April 15thHe had to calculate and pay his business taxes quarterly.

If he had a heart attack while filling in all these arcane forms, would the cause of death be listed as ‘acute bureaucratitis?’  He wondered if he could list the government as a dependent.

Another shot and a smoke, and he’d be filed by the midnight deadline.


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37 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #167

  1. Nice one! 🙂
    Loved ‘acute bureaucratitis’! 😀

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  2. You’ve painted such a vivid picture. I loved ‘acute bureaucratitis’.

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  3. Varad says:

    Loved the quirky humor here, Archon. Acute Bureacratitis might just become a thing soon.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I always appreciate it when someone appreciates it. 🙂
      It may reach the tipping point soon. Always more and more laws and rules and legislation. When was the last time you heard of a government repealing a useless ordinance?? 😕


  4. Jelli says:

    ‘acute bureaucratitis?’ ~ HAHA! LOVE IT!


  5. James McEwan says:

    Such a real disease, if only we could rid ourselves of the mutant virus or even exterminate the host.


  6. Jim Wheeler says:

    So, Canada’s tax system is similar to ours? Wouldn’t be surprising to me, given that human nature is all the same. It’s all too human to live in the moment and avoid the unpleasant reality of having to plan for the future, i.e., to fail to put tax money aside for year’s end. It’s tough. This is also why so many live paycheck to paycheck and hate the IRS.

    I wonder what would be a better system? Money for government has to come from somewhere. Police, military, infrastructure, etc. Offhand, I can’t think of a better way to do it. Maybe someone else can?


    • Archon's Den says:

      I wrote this based on the USA. Canada doesn’t have to pay taxes until April 30. It’s like an error in the Mayan calendar. It only delays doomsday by two weeks.
      I think that most of us would be a lot less upset about paying taxes if there weren’t so much scams, misuse, boondoggles, pork-barreling and waste. 😯


  7. Oh dear, I hope he gets there, to midnight, without making a mistake and having to begin the whole task again, and again. Great piece of fictional writing.


  8. H.E. ELLIS says:

    I know someone who can relate to this very well. I really like this. I think I might give it a try. 😁


  9. Dale says:

    Sad truth, this one is! And I love your inventive words 😉


  10. Loved the term – acute bureaucratitis !! With a shot and smoke, I doubt any filing would be done that day and night!


  11. abhiray59 says:

    Yes, tax filing is a tough job. Needs a lot of smoking.


  12. Sarah Ann says:

    That’s a great new disease you’ve discovered, although one I’d like to avoid – ‘acute bureaucratitis. This is full of late night stress – well told.


  13. granonine says:

    Brilliant! Can the government be claimed as a dependent. Oh, I love that 🙂


  14. jillyfunnell says:

    I feel so sorry for him having to deal with all that bureaucracy.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I feel sorry for all of us, having to deal with bureaucracy. There’s always talk about simplifying the tax code – flat rate payments – but lawyers and bureaucrats need to eat. 😯
      Thanx for sympathising. 🙂


  15. Dear Archon,

    Well done. You’ve created a disease for which there’s already an epidemic.




  16. lisarey1990 says:

    Great humour & detail.


  17. khalilullah1 says:

    Oh, witty!! Enjoyed reading this 🙂


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