“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.