FFfAW Challenge-Week of July 4, 2017

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Snakes and Ladders

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Kecia Spartin. Thank you Kecia!

By Neel Anil Panicker

Abdul Rahman Mallick had only one passion in life: to make money.

Loads and loads of money. Money that he made by hook or crook. Money that he made in dollars or in Indian rupees, in Bahraini Rials or in Swiss Francs.

Money that he made by smiling or by killing.

For him the means did not matter, the end was more important.

Half a decade of chasing money had still not quenched his thirst.

It seemed making money was the sole reason for his living.

He lived in a remote island off the Arabian Sea, an all glass snake shaped 50 room villa, it was his den, from where he conducted his multi-national businesses, ensconced in his study, seated in all gold King Cobra shaped chair.

Being surrounded by life sized replicas of the deadly reptile was his fetish, his way of ensuring that he never ever forgot his poverty stricken childhood spent in a remote Central India hamlet, and his resolve to find an antidote for the deathly venom of poverty.

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8 thoughts on “neelwrites/kingcobra/FFfAW/fiction/173/05/07/2017

  1. Such a sad tale! He may have plenty of money now but he sounds like a very lonely man! Great story Neel!

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    1. Yes, money doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Thanks PJ.

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  2. Intriguing, at the start it was hard to like him, but the final paragraph put a new spin on his motrvation. Good one Neel.

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    1. I am glad you appreciated my story. Your comments are always welcome, Lian.

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  3. Some people who grew up poor absolutely need to have the “security” of money. Ironically, no amount of money will ever make them feel secure.

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    1. Well said, James and thanks for stopping by.


  4. Abdul Rahman Mallick – great characterization. I am sure you intend to tell us more about him. Very well imagined.

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  5. Money earned and accumulated by not-so-good means makes one sleep on a bed of nails. I doubt if ARM ever felt ‘secured’ with tons of money around him.Good story, Neel.

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