FFfAW — Good Luck Charm

27C2BA71-F1A4-4A22-A15A-2A874ECF57B3“Can we get this?” Jimmy asked his father, pointing to a plastic model.

“You want that?” Dan asked.

“Yeah,” Jimmy said. “The uniforms are just like my soccer team’s. And look at that cool elephant sitting on that guy’s shoulders.”

Dan motioned to the proprietor of the curio booth. “How much is this?” he asked.

“Four thousand rupees.” The man then bent down and spoke directly to Jimmy. “Do you know who this is?” he asked, touching the elephant’s head. Jimmy shook his head no.

“Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in the Hindu religion. He is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune, and success. He also is the Remover of Obstacles.” Pointing to the model, the man added, “Here, Ganesha is offering good fortune for the India National Football Team.”

“I’ll give you fifty American dollars,” Dan said.

“For your boy, I will accept that,” the man said and took the cash Dan handed him.

“Now our soccer team will have good fortune,” Jimmy happily said.

(174 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Image credit: Lavanya

10 thoughts on “FFfAW — Good Luck Charm

  1. Sight11 February 13, 2018 / 5:59 am

    It’s a Bombay festival, where you immerse idols of him. Don’t know why they do that even now? Indians love Cricket, I think that’s Cricket team. I could be wrong.

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    • Fandango February 13, 2018 / 6:58 am

      I think you’re right. I just Googled “India Cricket Team 2011 Champions” and there they were. If I were a cricket fan I would have known that.

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  2. James February 13, 2018 / 7:39 am

    I wonder if that good fortune translates to American soccer teams?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. baddadcartoons101 February 13, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Seems more like the Republican Party elephant – 4 arms to better pick the pockets of the poor middle class which is giving them a free ride on their shoulders

    Liked by 1 person

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