“My Job Was Basic”
by M. Steven Neal
Featured in En Bloc Magazine Issue 3
En Bloc Issue 3
A young woman, Lina Fitzhugh, seeks relief and catharsis in the aftermath of her divorce in south-central Texas. As she recollects the day that she meets her husband, she reveals the significance of her first employer, a restaurant that not only fails to recognize the abuse that she endures as a waitperson but comes to represent, for Lina, her overlooked and life-long struggle with mental health.