Happenstance Holes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

My wife says that this is a child to young adult story. --- And I believe that there is a moral in it somewhere, so if you find it let me know.

Outside the In-between lived a Spirit called "Happenstance".

Now Happenstance could be a mischievous spirit at times, and she sometimes liked to test the worth of the individuals she came across.

Case in point, Marvin Coinseller was on his way to an auction when he inadvertently dropped a rare gold coin. The problem was that Happenstance was right there when it happened, and being mischievous she distracted Marvin so he would not notice that he had dropped the coin.

Then along came Sydney Holder, Sydney saw the coin on the ground and looking all around to make sure no-one was looking, he picked the coin up immediately.

As Sydney put the coin in his pocket he said to himself, "Happenstance has smiled on me today, I have a gold coin that is not mine and I shall squirrel it away!" So off Sydney went.

And as Sydney walked, he walked right past Marvin who was now noticing that one of his coins was missing. Marvin was looking around franticly!

Happenstance looked on and was very displeased because Happenstance knew for a fact that a reward would have been forthcoming if Sydney had only inquired as to weather the frantic man had lost something. Had he done that, then Marvin would have had his coin to sell at auction, and Sydney would have had a just reward for his honesty.

"Oh, this is not good," Happenstance said as she waved her magic Stick-it. And when she waved the Stick-it a hole happened in Sydney's pocket. When the hole appeared in Sydney's pocket, then all Sydney's coins fell out, including the gold one.

But Sydney did not notice that all his money had fallen out because he was busy running from where he found the gold coin.


Next came Betty Boo, and of course she saw the coins upon the ground; all shinny and bright.

So Betty looked to her right, then she looked to her left, and after seeing that she saw no-one searching for anything, she snatched them up.

As Betty placed the coins in her purse, she said to herself, "Happenstance has smiled on me, I have coins that were not mine and they are fine. After my errands are finished I shall go to the auction and sell the gold one, I am sure that it is rare and I'm sure it will fetch more in the way of silver. So Mary toddled off to do her errands.

As Mary made her way to the Dry-cleaning store she happened upon Marvin who was busily placing posters on telephone poles and the sides of buildings. And being a curious sort, she stopped to read one that said, "Lost Gold Coin, reward for it's return."

Mary searched the streets and found Marvin busy placing posters. That is when Mary said, "My name is Mary and I assume you are Marvin Coinseller."

Marvin nodded his head, yes.

Then Mary asked, "Can you describe the gold coin that you have lost?"

Marvin looked surprised, but quickly replied, "It is a Feather-Gold Docket the size of a locket with numbers on one side and a wreath on the other. There is a scratch by the name that looks like a cane and a nick on one edge, which is really a shame."

Mary looked at the coin she had in her purse, then she asked, "Do you remember the date?"

Marvin looked down at the ground in sadness, then replied, "I'm sorry, I do not remember a date.

Mary laughed and then said, "It is a Dateless coin minted during the Third Realm," then she handed Marvin all the coins she had found.

Marvin was confused by all the coins, so he said, "It is this gold coin that I lost and none of the others are mine. Please take them back for I can not keep them, and please accept this reward for your honesty."

"Very well," Mary replied, and then she put all the coins Marvin had given her in her purse.

Happenstance smiled a joyful smile as she noticed that Marvin and Mary had no rings on their fingers. So Happenstance waved her magic Stick-it and cupid came flying by.

Then Marvin stated, "I am off to the Auction to trade and to sell, if you would accompany me, we could do lunch as well, --- my treat.

"I would be delighted to accompany such an honest and handsome man.

And as the two walked arm in arm, they walked right past poor penniless Sydney, who just happen to be looking at the hole in his happenstance.



JE Falcon


Submitted: March 21, 2021

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Jeff Bezaire

This reads like a fairy tale, especially the dialogue, so it's enjoyable for all ages! Wonderful flow of events. And there is a moral regarding greed and honesty, and thoughtfulness towards others. As well as one about the dangers of meddling in people's lives.
I do wonder, though, when you write "action", do you mean "auction"?
Anyway, a fun read about Mr. Coinseller, Mr. Holder, and Ms. Boo!

Tue, March 23rd, 2021 9:11pm


Thanks for the comments, Jeff, they mean a lot. --- Also, thanks for the "Heads-Up", and yes I did mean Auction, not action. My finger that pushes "U" must have been out of order while I was writing this story, LOL.

Tue, March 23rd, 2021 5:24pm

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