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A Hot-dog called Hope

by Venky

(PHOTO CREDIT: Jean L. Hays)

The Red Mtn Market & Deli, was cluttered, crowded and cramped. A smudged, smeared and smelly poster tacked onto the wall abutting the main entrance proudly promised – in faded letters – everything from hot dogs to hope. While Venky religiously avoided hotdogs, even a sudden interest in religion would not suffice to hope.

His decision to enter the building was, if not whimsical, unplanned. Unable to quieten down an annoyingly restless mind, he sought solace in distraction.

“How much for a pound of hope?” he asked the old saleswoman.

“No price is steep enough Sir” came the response.

(Word Count: 99)

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crimsonprose February 27, 2019 - 4:20 pm

I smile, while shivers sweep me. 🙂

Susan A Eames February 27, 2019 - 5:49 pm

Ah, very thought provoking! Nice take on the photo prompt.

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venkyninja1976 February 28, 2019 - 12:58 am

Thanks Much!

Abhijit Ray February 28, 2019 - 7:46 am

How much did Venky end up paying? He could have had several hot dogs instead. With blood sugar rising, hope would have automatically risen. I love hot dogs by the way. Nice.

ceayr February 28, 2019 - 11:53 am

Smiling at the cynicism inherent in hope for sale.

granonine February 28, 2019 - 2:11 pm

I wonder what Venky did next. Can you really purchase hope? Did he leave, still feeling hopeless? Or did he understand what the woman was telling him—hope comes at a price sometimes.

venkyninja1976 February 28, 2019 - 2:13 pm

I reckon he went back with a sense of introspection and purpose.

Violet Lentz March 1, 2019 - 10:17 am

Smart salesman. Hope Venky was ok with settling for a hotdog…

venkyninja1976 March 1, 2019 - 11:50 am

He must have settled for both the hot dog and the precious piece of wisdom.

pennygadd51 March 1, 2019 - 11:19 am

That is such an unexpected take on the prompt – really original! You constructed the story well, so that the twist was unexpected.

venkyninja1976 March 1, 2019 - 11:53 am

Thank you so much! It’S words such as these that make me keep writing!

Shirley McCann March 1, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Don’t trust people who don’t like hotdogs. Nice story, though.

venkyninja1976 March 1, 2019 - 5:24 pm

Ha ha! Thanks Much!

msjadeli March 2, 2019 - 12:17 am

I love the title. It drew me in.

lisarey1990 March 2, 2019 - 2:29 am

Very thought-provoking & fantastic.

venkyninja1976 March 2, 2019 - 2:53 am

Thanks Much!

patrickprinsloo March 2, 2019 - 6:19 pm

A gentle story full of wisdom.

venkyninja1976 March 3, 2019 - 1:04 am

Thanks Much!


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