This is Dylan’s challenge this week:
He had always been a dreamer, full of half baked ideas but never seeing beyond the initial attraction to possible knock on effects or worse case scenarios.
He didn’t exactly lie to achieve his goals, but his version of the truth was often a far cry from reality.
Now he was up the creek without a paddle, and up to his neck in debt.
It had seemed such a plausible solution, buy half, rent half, then in a couple of years or so when he was doing well and making a generous profit, he could buy the other half of the business.
He was no businessman though, just a man who saw projected wealth without realising that it took more than a jovial personality to succeed.
Financially, he cut corners to save a few bucks, but didn’t save them, instead drinking them away together with the profits. As landlord, he would be offered a drink and take it, confident he could hold his liquor. His staff kept a drinking jar for theirs, and at the end of the day, it would be split between them. As their boss, he expected a share though he never contributed.
One by one they walked, and he saved more money by not replacing them until in the end it was just he and his live-in partner.
She left too and the rains came.
The roof leaked and collapsed, just like his dreams, and without insurance or any money put aside to cover such things as repairs, he had to shut up shop.
Now everyone wanted paying, arrears in wages, the mortgage company, the ex partner, not to mention the original pub seller wanting his full share having got wind of his situation and his inability to trade.
His philosophy that something (or someone) would turn up to get him out of trouble came under the guise of bankruptcy.