The Gift

November 4, 2020 at 10:30 am 34 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 November 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
With a few hours to spare, Rachel decided to go for last minute shopping.

At the souvenir shop, she found a nice gift for her mom. It was a blue Armenian ceramic vase with a peacock and floral design.

She was about to pay when a scrawny kid grabbed the money from behind. It was so sudden, that before she could react, the kid had slipped into the crowd.

She went back to the hotel flabbergasted and disappointed.

Meanwhile, the kid, who stole her money, went home to his sick mother.

“Get well, Mama!” he cried. “I bought your medicine.”

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  • 1. Dora  |  November 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Just when I was feeling sorry for Rachel’s disappointment, only to grieve at the poor little boy and his mother’s predicament. If only we could all see beneath the surface of events and lives!

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  November 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      dora:

      yes, sometimes the world’s not what it seems.

      Reply
  • 3. Brenda's Thoughts  |  November 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    So sad. Not a thief by choice but necessity. A sad world we live in. Nicely written story.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  November 4, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      brenda:

      what a generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  November 4, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    If only Rachel knew the boy’s story, she would feel differently.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  November 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      iain:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 7. msjadeli  |  November 4, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    A teaching twist if there ever was one. I dare anyone to say they wouldn’t do the same if they were the small child and their mother needed medicine.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  November 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      msjadeli:

      absolutely right.

      Reply
  • 9. Dale  |  November 4, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    I felt it in my bones that the thief really needed the money. Nicely told, Plaridel.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  November 4, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      dale:

      what a generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
      • 11. Dale  |  November 5, 2020 at 4:50 am

        😊

        Reply
  • 12. rochellewisoff  |  November 5, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    There were two sides to that story and both of them went to the heart. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 13. plaridel  |  November 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      rochelle:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 14. Keith's Ramblings  |  November 5, 2020 at 6:09 am

    I’m not sure I know who to sympathise with the more. A great tale with an unexpected twist.

    Here’s mine!

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    • 15. plaridel  |  November 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      keith:

      glad you fell for the twist. 🙂

      Reply
  • 16. liz young  |  November 5, 2020 at 8:37 am

    NEat twist – but that child will grow up thinking theft is the solution.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  November 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      liz:

      excellent point.

      Reply
  • 18. granonine  |  November 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I wonder wha would have happened if he had simply asked for help from the strangers around him? Maybe nothing good, but the speed with which he accomplished his theft seems to indicate it wasn’t his first, and likely won’t be his last. Not a good prospect.

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  • 19. James McEwan  |  November 6, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Life can be so cruel. the boy knew if he asked for help people just walk away.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  November 7, 2020 at 11:36 am

      james:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  November 6, 2020 at 6:12 am

    I feel sorry for Rachel, that sounded like a premium piece of quality pottery 🙂

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    • 22. plaridel  |  November 7, 2020 at 11:36 am

      draliman:

      all’s not lost if the store accepts credit card. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Sandra  |  November 6, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Not entirely bad then…

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    • 24. plaridel  |  November 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

      sandra:

      thank you for your understanding.

      Reply
  • 25. ceayr  |  November 6, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I think the little wretch should be beaten to within an inch of his miserable life with a soggy haggis.
    That’ll larn him!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  November 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

      ceayr:

      please, have mercy on his poor soul.

      Reply
  • 27. pennygadd51  |  November 7, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Great take on the prompt, and a good twist at the end. And you managed to make me sympathise with both victim and perpetrator. Well done!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

      penny:

      what a great compliment. thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. magarisa  |  November 7, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    The boy certainly needed the money more than she did. However, with that logic, we should constantly donate to those who are poorer than we are until we are all at the same level. Sounds like it would work in theory, doesn’t it?

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    • 30. plaridel  |  November 11, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      magarisa:

      we can only hope.

      Reply
  • 31. Tannille  |  November 9, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Goes to show, we never really know the whole picture when these things happen.

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  November 11, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      tannille:

      you’re absolutely right.

      Reply
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    • 34. plaridel  |  November 18, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you for the pingback! much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply

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