Luck or Lack of It

December 2, 2015 at 11:30 am 37 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 4 December 2015

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

Adrian sat on a beach drinking a margarita. Life couldn’t be any better.

A year ago, he was a blight on the street eking out a living collecting recyclables.

It was a tough life being homeless. What sustained him was his unshakable faith of making it big someday. Every Saturday, he bought a lotto ticket.

Luck or lack of it was in his stars.

While doing his round on a rainy day, a car hit him causing him to lose a leg. It was settled out-of-court for $3 million.

“I didn’t win the lotto,” he mused, “but I ain’t complaining.”

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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ansumani  |  December 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    With prudent money management we can surely afford a bionic leg too 🙂 It’s interesting how sometimes a negative situation can make a dream come true.

    Good one.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  December 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      ansumani:

      good advice. after all, one can only drink so much tequila. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. aliciajamtaas  |  December 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    What an interesting take on the prompt. Adrian doesn’t have much ambition, still he made it big.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  December 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      alicia:

      a blight on the street – that’s what i saw in this week’s prompt. i thought of relating it to a homeless person and putting a positive spin on it.

      Reply
  • 5. Sandra  |  December 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Lady Luck insists on doing it her own way. I’d have preferred the lottery win but beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. Good job.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

      sandra:

      it was a matter of fate. he had to make the most of it.

      Reply
  • 7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 3, 2015 at 3:59 am

    As long as he doesn’t spend all his money on margaritas, I’m sure it’s like a lotto ticket… Once I met a man a late night at a railway station who had spend his 150 000 USD on booze and hotels in a few months. He was back exactly where he started….

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

      björn:

      as they say, easy money, easy go. hopefully, it won’t be in his case.

      Reply
  • 9. FabricatingFiction  |  December 3, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I suppose his luck has changed – not sure it’s for the better though…

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      louise:

      he must learn to spend the money wisely. otherwise, it would be back to square one.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  December 3, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Quite a high price to pay, but he seems happy enough!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      draliman:

      margaritas can do that to you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. gahlearner  |  December 3, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I don’t think the price is high enough for a leg… not a way to get rich I chose, but when the leg’s gone anyway, the three million come in handy. Very thought-provoking story, I liked. 🙂

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      gahlearner:

      at least, the accident didn’t cost him an arm and a leg. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Dale  |  December 3, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Yes, hopefully with this winnings, he will start a new life, off the streets.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:18 am

      dale:

      a new life, yes, but not as a beach bum.

      Reply
      • 17. Dale  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

        Ha ha! If that is what you want!

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        • 18. plaridel  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

          dale:

          think positive. 😉

          Reply
          • 19. Dale  |  December 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

            Always!

            Reply
  • 20. Lorna's Voice  |  December 3, 2015 at 10:44 am

    At least he has a good attitude about his turn of fate… 🙂

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

      lorna:

      i guess for the time being. 🙂

      Reply
      • 22. Lorna's Voice  |  December 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

        Yes, once the money runs out (and it always does) he may not feel so magnanimous​.

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        • 23. plaridel  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

          lorna:

          if anything, he needs some good financial advice.

          Reply
  • 24. rochellewisoff  |  December 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    At least the price he paid for wealth was only a leg rather than an arm and a…
    Well done with a side of black humor.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 25. plaridel  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      rochelle:

      that’s one way of looking at it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 26. rgayer55  |  December 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Some people can fall off a rock pile and land in a money wagon. If he runs out of money, maybe he can sell a kidney.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      russell:

      that’s a thought. folks can live with one kidney. but hopefully, he sobers up and doesn’t get to that point.

      Reply
  • 28. The Writer's Village  |  December 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I guess, after all this, you could say that he still didn’t have a leg to stand on.
    Cutely gruesome story.
    Randy

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    • 29. plaridel  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      randy:

      sadly, it could well be.

      Reply
  • 30. rogershipp  |  December 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Wow! Definitely not the Lottery… But I guess life did improve?

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    • 31. plaridel  |  December 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      for the time being. 🙂

      Reply
  • 32. Margaret  |  December 7, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I like your title. It’s questionable luck that leaves him maimed, but he has a positive outlook, so I guess he’ll be ok. A novel take on the prompt.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  December 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      margaret:

      thank you for reading. deeply appreciate it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 34. patriciaruthsusan  |  December 8, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Very good settlement for losing a limb. He must have had a good lawyer. He should make wise investments as he can’t afford to lose another limb. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 35. plaridel  |  December 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      suzanne:

      i agree and a good financial consultant after that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 36. smboney  |  March 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    3 mill? Wow! Please give me some luck tonight!

    Reply
    • 37. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      smboney:

      well, you need to buy a lotto ticket first. 🙂

      Reply

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