You Gotta Know Your Territory

I called my wife from the road and told her that the sales were slow and I was going to cross the state line into Nebraska and try to open some new territory and we exchanged I love yous and I miss yous and then I had to feign cell trouble when I heard the shower shut off and the bathroom door open as Mandy walked into the bedroom and I asked her if she thought she should call her husband and she said, “Silly-Willy,” and then jumped me while our cell phones vibrated side by side on the dresser.


Paul Beckman is an award-winning author with over 400 published stories to his credit. He recently had a story selected for the Norton anthology, New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction.

Photo Credit: Tom Small

23 Responses to “You Gotta Know Your Territory”

  1. Paul,

    This one is a keeper.

    It’s one that stays in my head where I can come back to it as needed!

  2. DS Levy says:

    Great story, Paul! I just stumbled onto this site and was presently surprised to find more new work by you — Bennington, represent! (fist-bump)

  3. Gary Duncan says:

    Great job, Paul.

  4. Andrew Dugas says:

    One long sentence, and you don’t even notice. Love this.

  5. Roy says:

    Easy narrative detonated by explosive irony both witty and tragic. Good job!

  6. paul beckman says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Shanica.

  7. John Brantingham says:

    Beautifully done

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  9. Catherine Dietrich says:

    WOW! Beautiful flow…

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