Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Centus, Buying a Treasure


It is time for Saturday Centus again. There has been no reading or writing for me in about ten days. I am up in the dark before dawn with only chirping song birds for company. Maybe I can get a shot at a few words. Jenny's prompt this morning is It was only ninety-eight cents.
For more details and to read more Centus writings, go to Jenny's blog at http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2012/03/saturday-centus-it-was-only.html.

                                            Buying a Treasure
Jenny opened the shop door as she felt the money in her pocket. Did she dare spend this wealth? Her hands were still slightly brown with broken nails where she had forced some of the pecans from dried mud. Her finger tips were sore from picking out the precious nut meats.

Times were hard and Mummy worked long hours at the laundry, but she refused to take Jenny’s money to help. She wanted Jenny to buy something for herself, some reward to enjoy from her hard work. Jenny had already set aside a few coins for the church collection basket. Now did she dare to spend the rest here?

Once inside the store, she went straight to the treasure she longed to have for her own. It was only ninety-eight cents, half of her money. She made her purchase and then opened the cover to Frost’s invitation-“You come too..”

12 comments:

Judie said...

What a wonderful find, Tom. "..and watch the water clear, I may..." I keep waiting for the water to clear, but so far that hasn't happened, and it may never. I haven't written my Centus yet--maybe later today.

This was a wonderful take on the prompt.

Judie said...

Well, that's what I get for trying to read and write without my glasses!! Sorry, CLAUDIA--you look nothing like Tom!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like an awful lot of work for $2! Very nice, Happy St. Patty's Day:@)

Sue said...

Love your bow to Frost at the end. No one should put his poetry out to pasture!

;)

Nonna Beach said...

Beautifully done Claudia !

It is so hard to do a story justice in only 98 words...glad you just went with it, no matter the word count !

Karen S. said...

Okay nicely done Claudia, the ending is perfect for your story line!

anitamombanita said...

Lovely story of sacrifice and reward. I like the reward she chose!

bluegrassnotes said...

Good story and it did seem to need more than 98 words to get the effect.

Jo said...

wonderful story, i loved the descriptive bits ... and so cool that she considered Frost a treasure!

Melody said...

What a treasure she found for $.98! Great story!

~Melody
MerrieMelody.blogspot.com

Linda O'Connell said...

I love this post!

Jenny said...

Such a timeless treasure for sweet Jenny.

And such a tender tale for us.

This was lovely.