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The Coin Boy by John Gabriel Adkins
The coin boy arrived in town with lucky nickels and deviousness. “I’ve good fortune for the misfortunate,” he said, “and slugs for the vending machines.” A small crowd crowded around him in the central square. Ailing little boys and girls, and their parents, scrambled for the coin boy’s nickels. But a naughty child cried, “I’ll have a slug!”
A plastic washer changed hands, and the coin boy’s smile splintered to his forehead. The naughty child clattered to the cobblestone trapped within the washer. She threaded nicely onto the coin boy’s necklace, concealed below his collar. It sagged with naughty children.
The SHORT TALE 100 – DECEMBER 2016