Flash Friday: Happy Endings for the Rich

Marcus sighed and slid the contract toward himself. With a few strokes of his pen it was done. Everything he had worked for–gone with a signature. The money? Given to those who had not earned it. Marcus smiled. It was time to move forward–no regrets.

Eli stepped into the room. “You’re a free man, now, Eli. Why are you still here?”

Eli replied, “Master, you always treated us like brothers. Let me serve you one last time.”

“Very well,” said Marcus. “Run ahead of me. Tell Peter that I have left it all behind to follow his master.”

The rich young man went away glad, for he had great treasure.


FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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4 thoughts on “Flash Friday: Happy Endings for the Rich

  1. Huh. I see you tagged this “Bible speculation.” I like it — a Scriptural “what if.” I’d be interested in reading more of these. It definitely took a moment — a rich man definitely patterned after the rich man who, for instance, goes on a vacation and puts his servants in charge while he’s gone. Hm…

  2. Actually I think it’s a “what if” in that it’s the opposite of what happened with the rich young man Jesus met. (He tagged the Mark and Matthew accounts.)

    Loving the last line because of how it parallels the original. “He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

  3. Jen’s got it right. Actually, I had in mind that it’s sort of like the “sequel” to the Rich Young Man account.

    Some believe (and they are PURELY speculating) that the Rich Young Man was none other than Mark, the writer of the gospel, and that after his initial experience he went and did something like what I wrote.

    1. I hadn’t heard that before — I usually hear Mark being associated with different person(s) in the Gospel account.

      I did figure it was a “what if” similar to what Jen said — but in that what if, the rich man reflected the Rich Man of the parables.

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