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December 30, 2020 at 12:01 pm 33 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 1 January 2021

Na’ama Yehuda
Photo Credit: Na’ama Yehuda

 
It was a job he hated. Still, it hit him hard when he lost it due to company restructuring.

Dark clouds looming on the horizon, he thought of jumping off from the building. The proceeds from his life insurance would provide for the family for awhile.

But he was such a coward. It required a lot of courage to commit suicide.

He elected to go home instead.

“I have bad news,” he told his wife. “I lost my job today.”

“Relax, Dad, it’s about time.”

“What do you mean?”

“We’re rich, filthy rich,” she replied. “We just won the lottery.”

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bearmkwa  |  December 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Happy New Year! May it be a prosperous one for you.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  December 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      jellico:

      thank you. i send the best wishes to you and your family.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  December 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Winning the lottery may not provide the same sense of being useful

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      neil:

      i agree, it’s akin to a double-edged sword. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. pennygadd51  |  December 31, 2020 at 2:52 am

    I bet he’s glad he didn’t jump! Happy New Year, Plaridel!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 31, 2020 at 11:32 am

      penny:

      consider it second chance in life. happy new year!

      Reply
  • 7. liz young  |  December 31, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Well, that’s a turn-up! But seriously, there are a worrying number of suicide stories this week!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 31, 2020 at 11:32 am

      liz:

      suicides on the rise due to the pandemic. it’s really tough being cooped up in the house for almost a year now especially for teenagers.

      Reply
  • 9. granonine  |  December 31, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Only in a fairy tale 🙂

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 31, 2020 at 11:31 am

      linda:

      well, tell that to those who won in the lotto. 🙂

      Reply
      • 11. granonine  |  December 31, 2020 at 2:17 pm

        Have you ever looked into some of the results of winning a lot of money? Seems to me it’s a good idea to change your identity and go into hiding 🙂

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        • 12. plaridel  |  January 1, 2021 at 8:57 am

          linda:

          i don’t think i’m going to change my identity but i’m leaving for europe for year whereabouts unknown. 🙂

          Reply
  • 13. draliman  |  December 31, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Are we sure he didn’t jump off and he’s having hallucinations on the way down? 🙂

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 31, 2020 at 11:31 am

      draliman:

      good question. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 31, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Wow, that was a close call! Wishing you a happy – and prosperous – New Year!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 31, 2020 at 11:31 am

      keith:

      the gods must be watching over him. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Dora  |  December 31, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    You never know what’s just around the corner, do you? 🙂

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 1, 2021 at 8:57 am

      dora:

      exactly. better to look first before you leap. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  January 1, 2021 at 3:53 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’m glad he didn’t have the “courage” to jump. Think of what he’d missed (even if he hadn’t won the lottery 😉 ) Good one.

    Shalom and happy new year,

    Rochelle

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 1, 2021 at 8:56 am

      rochelle:

      in this instance, cowardice can be a virtue. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Dale  |  January 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Thank goodness he was stronger than he thought (I mostly believe it is harder to live than to end things)

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 4, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      dale:

      good point. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Tannille  |  January 1, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Fate works in mysterious ways. Now if only we could all win lotto.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      tannille:

      the odds of winning are against us, but we can keep on hoping. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. msjadeli  |  January 3, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    In fiction all of our dreams can come true. So happy for them! Glad he didn’t jump. God rewarded him!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  January 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      msjadeli:

      fate was on his side. 🙂

      Reply
  • 28. rogershipp  |  January 5, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Rainbows after every thunderstorm. Great job! Enjoyed!!

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    • 29. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:58 am

      roger:

      yes, indeed. 🙂

      Reply
  • 30. Eugenia Parrish Author  |  January 5, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    That was a great ending! I was reminded of talking to someone who was suicidal. He was convinced nothing would ever get better. I did convince him to keep trying, I just wish I’d read this story to him!

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    • 31. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:57 am

      eugenia:

      i’m glad he listened to you.

      Reply
  • 32. Girl in Niagara  |  January 5, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Well that turned out perfectly! Thank goodness he’s a “coward.”

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    • 33. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:57 am

      girl in niagara:

      in this case, cowardice could be a virtue. 🙂

      Reply

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