Getting Rich Without Trying

Photo by: J. Hardy Carroll

Photo by: J. Hardy Carroll

Tanya sat nearby, her camera rolling for the documentary. Jennylee the voodoo priestess plied her wares. The stand by the roadside was made with weather beaten wood. The words, “Potions for sale: 25 cents” were hand painted. The bottles were old, some antique. All of them appeared empty.

Despite the poor-looking nature of the stand, Jennylee drove to the spot in a brand new Jaguar. She wore jewelry that could buy houses. Tanya asked her how she became so rich.

“Stupid people,” explained Jennylee. “People never ask for what they really want. They ask for the worldly things around the edges, not for what matters.”

“What do people really want?”

“Love. It’s always love. They ask for money or a better body or sex, but what they’re looking for is love. They should just ask for that.”

A customer arrived.

“Do these work?” said the man.

“Every time,” grinned Jennylee.

“But the bottles are empty.”

“That’s ’cause they’re real magic. But now you be careful. Ask for what you really need!”

The man paid, tipped the bottle back and said, “I want money. A ton of it!”

Heavy bars of gold flew out of the sky and landed on his head, killing him instantly.

“Ohmigod, ohmigod!” shrieked Tanya, staring at the battered corpse. “What do we do?”

“Same thing I always do,” sighed Jennylee. “Take the stupid man’s money home!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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34 Responses to Getting Rich Without Trying

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Now I see why she doesn’t ask for the money herself. This works out much better — for her, at least!

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    • EagleAye says:

      What’s funny is she set out to help people find love. She did help some, but mostly she just ended up with greedy people’s money. And thus. she only charges a quarter to grant wishes. Oops. 😉

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        Makes sense to me. The people with good intentions get what they deserve, practically free of charge. Subsidized by the people with greedy intentions, who also get what they deserve. 🙂

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  2. List of X says:

    They want love, she says… the way these potions work, one might ask for love and immediately get attacked by a very horny gorilla.

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  3. Lyn says:

    LOL what’s that old saying? “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Oooh boy 🙂

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  4. Singledust says:

    she’s like the genie come out of the bottle to have some fun with unsuspecting humans – nice story but sobering too – we can’t have all we wish for – some may kill us if we are in the wrong place at the right time!

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s the trouble with wishes: there’s a cost for getting something so quickly and easily. Jennylee actually intends to help, but she can’t do much about the greed of people. She’s quite accidentally getting rich off of it!

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  5. Steve Lakey says:

    A nice little morality tale! 🙂

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  6. tskraghu says:

    Dont know why I liked it!!

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  7. Note to purchasers: Be specific. Ask for paper currency. 🙂
    Really liked this, it gave me my morning chuckle. I wrote a story something along this line once, in response to a “genie in a bottle” prompt. Like yours, it was a fun write. In “The Hazards of Wish Counseling” a teenage girl finds genie,
    People don’t always appreciate being told the truth about what they really want — and what it’s going to take to KEEP it. Even love.

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  8. James says:

    A clever and magical scam.

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  9. mandibelle16 says:

    lol. That’s funny. Takes be careful what you wish for to a whole new level.

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  10. Very effective cost-benefit analysys, fictional style.

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  11. athling2001 says:

    A good cautionary tale. Poor guy.

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  12. Haha that is fantastic. I love it. Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. I remember when I was running a D&D game many years ago. They were taking refugees somewhere. There was about 1000 refugees they were protecting, and one of them managed to get themselves a wish.

    “I wish we had enough for the refugees. That was easily transportable”
    So they had all this food laying around and all the refugees ended up in these wire thigs with wheels and the runes “WALMART” written on the handles 🙂

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  13. It’s really magic when you can get money through other people’s wishes. I thought maybe she’d make the body disappear. Creative use of the prompt and good writing, Eric. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yeah, it really is magic. And it could work as advertised if only folks wished for what they “really” want. Trouble is, most folks don’t know what that is. *shrug* Thanks Suzanne! 🙂


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