“Accommodations” by Nicholas Alexander Hayes


Gargantua requests a better cubicle since his head continually grazes the drop ceiling above his. His office chair has been pushed into the hall to give him a little extra room.
The woman from HR examines the situation as he squats on the floor.
He continues to peck at the keyboard with a pencil squeezed between his ham-sized fingers.
She takes notes before calling the company lawyer to see what accommodations they are required to make. “That’s a fire hazard,” she tells him pointing to the chair. After lunch, she puts her hand on his shoulder and leads him down the fire stairs, past the mezzanine and concourse, through the parking garage into the Rancor pit.
The animal reek makes the hair on the back of their necks stand on end. A desktop has been placed on a pile of skulls. She hands him a new pencil and pats his shoulder. As he gets to work, her kitten heels click against stone and cement as she ascends the stairs.




Nicholas Alexander Hayes is the author of NIV: 39 & 27 (BlazeVOX), Between (Atropos), ThirdSexPot (Beard of Bees) and Metastaesthetics (Atropos). His work has been featured in the anthologies Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism and Quantum Genre in the Planet of Arts. Most recently his creative writing has appeared in Scab, Peculiar Mormyrid, and the BlazeVox Journal.

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