The Benefits of Practical Materialism

The ways of making of making money had changed. No one battled killer dragons for caverns of gold anymore.

Pierre Perdueax knew how to make money the new way. He had more money than many countries. He liked to believe his business smarts stemmed from Practical Materialism. Pierre only believed in what he could see and touch. Anything else was a foolish fairy tale.

Pierre found the ancient pond in Croatian woods. Knowledgeable locals avoided it.

She emerged from the waters naked, an unfathomably beautiful woman, and took his hand. “My Love,” she cooed. “I need your help.”

Lovestruck, and completely uneducated about the magical creature before him, Pierre stammered, “Anything!”

She sensuously parted her lips and said, “Write me a check for $30 million dollars.”

Check in hand, she spelled him to sleep. The Water Fairy grinned at the check and said, “Wow. This new Practical Materialism really is easier!”
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Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/04/08/dubrovnik-croatia/

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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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18 Responses to The Benefits of Practical Materialism

  1. Ooops! There ain’t nothin’ like a beautiful ~ naked ~ woman emerging from a magic turquoise pool to convince a man to write a check. Fun take on the prompt.

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  2. k rawson says:

    What a fun take. That is exactly the sort of thing I would expect from that pond too.

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  3. Great story! Actually happened to me three times last week. The cheques bounced of course, but the water nymph never found out till afterwards… 😉

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  4. “I mean, if I went ’round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!” Love your take.

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  5. James says:

    Ha! Thirty million and she didn’t even have to lay with him. It’s all what you believe in.

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  6. Lyn says:

    He’s lucky she didn’t take his head off with her extendable jaws containing six-inch incisors…water nymphs from ancient ponds in Croatian woods tend to do that 😀

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  7. List of X says:

    Businessmen might not believe in magical creatures, but they know very well that a check for 30 million Zimbabwean dollars worth only as much as the paper it’s written on.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Poor Pierre, he should have kept his philosophy to himself! That is, assuming he actually *had* $30 million in his checking account. Otherwise her strategy wasn’t so practical after all!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Luckily for the faerie, that was available in the petty cash bin. And now Pierre will spend the rest of his days as her thrall and cleaning the muck out of the pond. 😉 Thanks Joy!

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        That’s a very practical, material benefit he’s providing, then! Now I’m only curious about what a water fairy is going to buy with $30 million…

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      • EagleAye says:

        Well you know, waterproof Prada purses ain’t cheap you know. 😉 Plus, supporting environmental concerns like keeping her pond away from industrial wastes, takes a lot of money. Governmental officials have developed expensive tastes.

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