May 11: Flash Fiction Challenge

Here’s Charli’s challenge this week:

May 11, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about trading. It can be the profession of old or of modern day traders on Wall Street. It can be trading places or lunches at school. What is traded? Is it a fair deal or a dupe? Trade away and go where the prompt leads you.

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It was a good harvest, looking set to continue for a few more weeks.
The freezer was full, as were those of friends and family. Roadside signs brought in some trade, but there was still much more surplus to requirements.
Such a shame to waste it, even fallers from the apple tree were snapped up when left in bags on the dogwalk.
Inspiration struck, and loading up the car we headed to a local tearooms.
Homemade jams and chutneys were for sale, so we offered a trade.
Our surplus fruit and veg for a cream tea once a week.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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8 Responses to May 11: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Michael says:

    Sounds fair to me…well done Di..

  2. Charli Mills says:

    This kind of trade is my favorite. We bartered for and with many things grown in north Idaho. Weekly cream tea sounds good!

  3. What is cream tea? It sounds good, but I don’t know what it is.
    The trade and barter system seems to give lots of room for building community. A better time gone by, perhaps.

    • A cream tea consists of a fruit scone, jam and clotted cream served with a pot of tea. Sometimes butter is included with the scone. It is very indulgent and calorie loaded! Bartering was an old means of trade in years gone by.

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