Sunday Photo Fiction 3-29-2015



Good Luck or Bad Luck?


My best friend loves going antique shopping. She particularly likes to go to the quiet out-of-the-way shops that aren’t highly advertised where she says she finds the best deals. She tells me that the past owners of the antiques talk to her as she is shopping, wanting her to buy their item. Personally, that sounds a little too “hokey-pokey” for me.

One Saturday while we were shopping for antiques, she bought a wooden statue that looked something like a miniature totem pole.

I asked her why in the world she would want that? And she told me that she was told by the dead owner, it would bring her tremendous luck. She’s such a sucker.

The last time I went to see her she was walking around like some zombie and she looked like death warmed over. I asked her if she was told whether that statue would bring her good luck or bad luck? She told me the owner didn’t say, only that it would bring her luck and she just assumed it was good luck.

I took that damn statue and burned it to ashes and then buried the ashes in a six foot hole.

She died anyway.

(200 words)

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44 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction 3-29-2015

  1. Clever and enjoyable story, PJ. You’ve played on the good luck – bad luck idea really well. It seems the woman really was a ‘sucker’ when it came to buying antiques. These sales people certainly know how to drive home a sale. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, they do and if they have the spirits of the previous owner then they have that much more power. πŸ™‚ Thank you Millie. I thought I would go with an “unhappy” ending this time.

  2. The opportunity to have good luck is always nice but it’s nothing to play around with unless you know all the rules. Very monkey’s paw πŸ™‚

  3. I enjoyed reading this!
    Towards the end, it sounded as though she was suffering a great deal, so maybe she is at peace now.
    A perfect reminder to not buy unusual objects which are “supposed” to bring good luck.

  4. Great story you came up with. I would’ve struggled with that photo but you did an awesome job! I feel bad for the girl, but most people would assume good luck 😩

  5. Ahh, how creative, but I feel bad for her! She was trying to be optomistic in thinking it was good luck! Hopefully the one who burned it won’t get bad luck!! Uh-OH they could be in trouble πŸ™‚

  6. That statue does look creepy, I doubt I’ld buyi even if was meant to bring me “good luck”, atleast her friend tried to help, sad that she wasn’t on time.

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