Heart of Gold

gold-and-silver-colored pendant necklace

Photo:Alex Chambers via Unsplash

As he calculated the hard-saved money under the dull light, his lips curved into a smile.
“Enough for a lovely gift to her!”

His wife had openly alleged that she was unloved by her husband.

Every time she had rushed into explaining about the no-gifts received from him during their one year of marriage, he felt reduced to dead broke. Finally, she had left him to stay with her mother.

Being heartbroken, both husband and wife had started speaking broken English. They started conveying their woes to their non-native neighbors.

 
In an overemotional and exaggerated tone, she said, “You seeanniversarybirthdayvalentine’s day, new year and other festivals, all went without a giftnot even a rose. No more stay with this beggar!” Then she would cry, reminding the worst Pokemon cries.

On the other hand, he would say, “Money comes, money goes, money stays with me not, just like her!” He would sit like a monkey whose only banana was snatched by another.

With six months of diligent effort and having saved enough money to buy her a gold necklace, he headed to the jewelry street of the town. It was dusk.  He dreamt that the moment she would set her eyes on the necklace, she would seize her bag and return with him.

As he proceeded, a hand as smooth as rose petals, snatched his wrist. 
Coming back from the dream world, he observed a pretty damsel.

Overwhelmed with griefshe informed him about her mother being hospitalized for life-saving surgery. If she couldn’t collect the needed money within an hourshe would lose her only family. As it was dusk, no one was ready to lend her a loan*.

 She offered him her 30-gram gold chain and begged to give whatever money he had to save her from becoming an orphan. At the minimum, he was spotted in the jewelry street.

A charming damsel in distress! His simpleton village heart melted.

Intending a purchase of 24 grams gold necklace, an offer of 30 grams gold chain for lesser money appeared a profitable deal!

As the damsel ran away with his offering, he felt contented.

The following day, he went to sell the gold chain only to find it was a beautiful strand of rolled gold.

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382 words

{YeahWrite Fiction Challenge 405}
Genre Prompt: Comedy
Personality Trait: Impulsive

*In many cultures, lending money or items in the evening is considered a taboo.

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2 thoughts on “Heart of Gold

  1. I love a story where the dreamer isn’t made into a fool. I thought for sure she was scamming him. What a terribly cynical mind I have. You included some lovely descriptions. I especially liked “It was dusk. His mind was full of dreams.” and “a hand as smooth as rose petals.”

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