Friday Fictioneers – The Earrings


“What do these earrings cost?” the customer asked Marianna

“Just $9,999 ma’am.”

“Hey, that is not bad. Shirley, shall I go for it?”


Marianna felt a pang as her customers tried different earrings and spoke of how cheap they were. Time to close, she thought, relieved. It was late and Marianna hurried, looking for something.

The platform shop was just closing.

“Two minutes, please?” she pleaded

After ten minutes, she asked the shopkeeper to pack some imitation jewellery. They cost $2.50 and looked as good as the earrings she had sold. Marianna’s heart felt light as she walked home.

Written for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Thanks to Dawn M. Miller for the photo.

46 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Earrings

  1. Not all that sparkles is gold, and gold doesn’t always sparkle. Sometimes you can get as much pleasure in something that is $2.50 as you can of something that costs $9,999. At least there isn’t so much of a panic if you lose one.

    • That is a point of view. The other one is that she is a young woman working in a jewelry store. She watches other people wearing them, but she can never touch it, except as a guardian. So, her longing makes her buy cheap jewelry and pretend it is the real one.. Thank you for commenting:)

  2. a lovely story… yes, it’s really not about the price but about the real value of the possession and the pleasure it gives the owner. 🙂

  3. smart girl because being thrifty is not about being cheap, it is about being smart. even if she had millions, the money she saved could be used to help those in real need. like money to buy equipment to supply those who have no access to fresh water. great story. ♥

    • We notice many sales women in boutiques, wearing simple clothes and selling expensive stuff. You wonder if they want to try out one of these dresses. And that inspired this story..Thank you very much

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