100 word story (#3)

Two brothers: one shilling.

A sign: Change Given!

Twelve pennies: six in each tight grasp.

What’s Father always saying? Speculate to accumulate.

They part company:

the Confident One to bright lights and siren sounds, flashing buttons and levers galore, where cylinders spin and robot-hands pretend to grab toys;

the Tentative One to a dark room edged with silent cabinets, boxes of delight, diorama dreams: butcher-shops, bedrooms, cowboy-saloons, operating-theatres, schoolrooms, cemeteries. The penny drops: dogs steal sausages, ghosts appear, gunfights erupt, surgeons wield machetes, paper-planes fly, skeletons grin from graves.

Both emerge empty-handed but who has, nonetheless, added to his stash?


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22 thoughts on “100 word story (#3)

  1. A conundrum in my view! I love the mystic that comes with this post. Hmm speculate to accumulate, this is indeed true of investors. But chicken hearted me does not dare speculate lest I lose it all and grow savings in miserly bank account interest rates ha ha!

  2. Easy to answer, seemingly, Dave. The one who has added depth to his life. But an occasional bout with a machine dedicated to taking your money can be instructive as well. โ€“Curt

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