Alexavier Shaw paced restlessly while his Expert System recounted the details of the morning’s stock trading. He was worth another billion, just another day in the penthouse.
The bar was out of Scotch, so he happily clutched the excuse to take a walk.
While returning, he encountered an anomaly; an ancient wooden door in the concrete canyon. Through it, he could see a field of wildflowers and hear birds. A circus caravan wound its way up a hillside and calliopes played in the distance.
Shaw grunted and pushed the door shut. He’d return to counting, because nothing counts but more.
100 words. Inspired by this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt:
28 thoughts on “Summer’s End”
What a terrific line that is – “nothing counts but more”. Good job. Well done, enjoyed this.
Wasn’t sure I could figure out the motivation of a truly wealthy man, not in my world. So I went with Scrooge McDuck…heh.
Came here to say exactly the same! ^^
Aw, well thanks to both of you.
What a lonely life.
The love of money is the root of all evil, I suppose. Yeah, he doesn’t sound terribly happy.
Great story. What a sad guy he is… I’d rather be rich in imagination.
Good thing you are! (I wouldn’t mind just a little bit of the other kind of Rich, though…in moderation.)
Yup. Pretty certain you can’t become a billionaire without a fair degree of greed.
Is that why I’m not among the top 1%? 😉
What a fool he is!
Personally, I would have run away with the circus. But that explains why I’m not a billionaire, I guess.
Living as he does, seems being a billionaire is highly overrated, dontcha think?
Nice, a damning indictment of the material world.
And I am a material girl? No, wait…
Great, thanks for the earworm… 🙂
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To me this one is spectacular! Great imagination, Sir. “Nothing counts but more”, indeed.
Thanks very much.
This has to be the best one this week.. There is the wisdom of a fable in this. Got me thinking of “Roads less traveled…” — Stunning
Wow, TYVM, Björn.
Oh, I had such high hopes tehn you slammed the door in my face. Well done.
Me too, I sure want to go see What’s Out There.
then not tehn …
It’s okay, you’re trying to type with a broken nose. I shouldn’t slam those doors so hard, I’m such a meanie.
Looks like he has everything but imagination. That said, I guess I’d be reluctant to step through a door into another world also. Who knows what’s on the other side. His attitude toward money is all wrong though. Well done, Dave. — Suzanne