The Frivolous Fifty

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Once I found a fifty just laying on the street.

As I walked to the mall, the money called to me.

‘Spend me frivolously, Sean. Buy a Nerf gun or a Lego spaceship. Buy a VHS of Speed 2.Buy a book you like, in a language you don’t speak. Buy shoes that don’t fit. Enough walnuts to fill a bath. Broken mirrors. Chocolate teapots. A scrabble set with the vowels missing. Frivolous!’

I shopped and shopped but nothing was frivolous enough. I threw the fifty to the ground and as I walked away I heard behind me,

‘Ooooh, a fifty!’


This story originally appeared in Marrying the Animal: One Hundred 100 Word Stories available from Amazon here


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