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!”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/04/08/dubrovnik-croatia/