My short story that I wrote for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Making and Remaking your Dreams
When Robbie won the first prize, he couldn’t believe it. It was a lovely beach-house overlooking the harbour with a view to everyday yacht race. This is the stuff dreams are made of!! But here he was. Not very happy.
For he had secretly wished for the second prize – an exotic World Tour package. Touring with a handful of comfortable clothes in a backpack and inter-mingling with common people of unknown countries, while eating their local cuisine and enjoying their cultural activities. Now that was Robbie’s idea of money as well as life well spent.
What now? Residing in this prim suburb, his happy family would be suffocated emulating the mannerisms of Who’s Who of the society, thought Robbie to himself. Not to forget that it’s only the posh house they are giving and not the money required for the elite race of trendy furniture, branded apparels, plush cars and private schools.
But selling the house would mean discarding this blessing of luck. He decided to turn it into a guest-house.
And sure it reaped wonders. Superb location meant the house always remains booked. With the income thus earned, Robbie now regularly goes on tours to far-off exotic places. Best part is that occasionally he also gets to stay in his own luxury guest house, where he’s treated like some world-class traveler.
Best is that his family continues to live in their multi-cultural suburb with little things they love. Where shops offer a different cuisine each day and where it feels as if the whole world is your neighbour.
What else could he ask for? He had turned one pot of luck into many smaller golden urns.
Copyright © 2015 Alka Girdhar