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The Anonymous Mr. Francesco

by Venky

(PHOTO PROMPT © Jilly Funell)

“Mummy, did you know “GUESS” was founded by Georges Marciano?” The excitement in the voice of the eight-year-old was unconstrained.

“If you say so”, replied a weary Joanne. Working two jobs, it was all she could do to preserve the modest dwelling the duo called home. Joanne’s eyes turned misty. In just 3 days, the deadline for paying Ashita’s school fees would lapse.

Three days later, a trembling Joanne was informed by the Principal about the anonymous donation that would cover Ashita’s academic future. As Joanne tears of gratitude, Mr. Francesco had a glint of happiness in his eyes.


This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

 For the complete list of entries, please click HERE

The credit for the breathtaking photograph goes to Jilly Funell

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trentpmcd October 17, 2018 - 12:31 pm

What a great man our anonymous Mr. Francesco is…

pennygadd51 October 17, 2018 - 5:28 pm

The title is great! I’m glad your story had a happy ending; Joanne must have been worried sick about Ashita’s school fees. A good education is crucial.

granonine October 17, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Awww! What heartwarming story 🙂

JoHawkTheWriter October 17, 2018 - 10:54 pm

Lovely story. Mr. Fancesco is an angel.

Abhijit Ray October 18, 2018 - 2:36 am

Mr Francesco is a good man. A heart warming story. Apt for the season.

Liz Young October 18, 2018 - 4:06 pm

What a lovely man – wonder how he knew?

venkyninja1976 October 18, 2018 - 11:47 pm

A regular donor to the school perhaps? Point to ponder.

JS Brand October 18, 2018 - 5:47 pm

A heartwarming story. It’s good to see Mr Francesco again, helping someone who needs it.

anuragbakhshi October 19, 2018 - 4:37 am

I liked the sentiment of the story, but Mr. Francesco coming out of nowhere, when we don’t know who he is, or how he knew about the case, was a bit jarring for me personally, to be honest.

jillyfunnell October 21, 2018 - 8:31 am

Oh, terrific. Education is everything. Not all wealthy people are so generous. This one was.

venkyninja1976 October 22, 2018 - 1:25 am

Yes. Thankfully so for Joanne and Ashita!

lisarey1990 October 21, 2018 - 6:11 pm

I’m so happy it worked out. Coming from a working-class background money is often the barrier. Good on Mr. Francesco!

venkyninja1976 October 22, 2018 - 1:23 am

Indeed. This is one constraint which needs to be collectively overcome if we have to carve out a brighter and better future.


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