Friday, 22 December 2017

The Scrooge. FRIDAY FICTIONEERS.

Photo Prompt: Bjorn Rudberg
                                                     
                                                           Word count: 90

                                                             The Scrooge.


"20 rupees for the plain ones and 40 rupees for the coloured ones," Nimi recited, the way Abba had taught her to.

"40? Too much for a piddly hat!" the woman in the car tut-tutted.

"Buy it, if you want to. We won't die of hunger if you don't!" Nimi responded, the way Ma retorted when a buyer would haggle.

"They have enough money to throw on big, shiny cars, but not enough to buy a "piddly" hat from a little girl! she muttered as the woman drove away.

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Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge where you use  a picture prompt to write a story in a 100 words.
A big Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff ! 

22 comments:

  1. That's a fair point she makes. Nice take.

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  2. Power packed in such less words!

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    1. Oh, I am glad you think so, Aditi! Thank you! :)

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  3. That is how it is when it comes to roadside vendors, sadly! Sigh!

    Cheers

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    1. I feel really bad for them, Geetika. On the one hand the authorities are hell bent on clearing the footpaths of these vendors, and on the other, people haggle for the simple things they sell. Either ways, they are the ones suffering.

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  4. People will haggle however rich they are.

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    1. Yes, Liz. They will. But they will never think twice before splurging on the blingy stuff that's hardly of much use!

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  5. Dear Shilpa,

    Some people may be wealthy but they're cheap just the same. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. True, Rochelle! It would help if they developed some largesse!

      Thank you so much! :)

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  6. How true Shilpa. But often I don’t encourage vendors at street lights simply to keep the roads free and safe . And aren’t many of these kids coerced an bullies into working on the roads when they should be war and safe ?

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    1. That's true, too, Sunita. So many of these kids get bullied into working/begging on the streets. But, there are also some genuine ones who need every penny they can earn, who willingly help their parents. My heart goes out to them.

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  7. So so true. We get out of our fancy cars and haggle with the vegetable vendor for 10 bucks, and are so pleased when we manage to get that, not worrying at all that those 10 bucks might mean so much more to them than to us.

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  8. That was always my reason not to bargain with the roadside vendors. Nicely done, Shilpa. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Vini!
      I, too, feel that there's really no need to haggle over a few bucks when we hardly think twice before splurging on branded stuff.

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  9. I think she don't deserve a colored hat anyway.

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  10. Many very rich people are extremely cheap too! This is proof positive!

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  11. I am conscious of the "haggling" with the road side sellers now - its so so unfair that we dont do this in big shops that sell expensive (read branded) stuff but from these kind of sellers, we feel priviliged enough to bully and shakedown the pricing. My heart goes to them!! Nicely don on the prompt!!

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    1. Just my thoughts, Shalz!
      Thank you so much, dear!

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