The Death of a Salesman

“Thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home,” the salesman said. “I can see that you made a substantial investment when you purchased this home and there is no better way to protect your investment than to purchase a home security system from Acme Alarms. Our systems are the most highly rated on the market. They leverage inventive, state of the art technologies, including facial recognition, and they can be managed right from your smartphone.”

“That sounds good,” Jeff said, “but what does it cost?”

“I see, Jeff,” the salesman said, “that you’re the kind of person who likes to cut to the chase. Well, my friend, what is the cost of peace of mind? How much is it worth to you and your lovely wife and sweet, sweet children, to remove the angst of living in area where the ramifications of a serious home invasion could be catastrophic?”

Carolyn squeezed her husband’s hand. “You’re causing my angst to skyrocket right now,” she said to the salesman. “Are you saying we don’t live in a safe area? One of the reasons we bought this house is because it’s located in a highly desirable part of town and it’s supposed to be a very safe neighborhood.”

“You’re right on both counts, dear lady,” the salesman said, without missing a beat. “But do savvy criminals break into homes in the poorer sections of town where there’s nothing worth stealing? No, of course not. They target the more affluent neighborhoods, like yours. In the long run, the cost of protecting your home verses the cost of the loss of property and even lives, is at the very least, neutral. Now is not the time for you to veer off course and to stray from the reality of the need for protection. Now how about we all share a big hug?”

Jeff and Carolyn stood up, pointed to their front door, and, in unison, said, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”


Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge (security,) My Vivid Blog (inventive), Word of the Day Challenge (angst), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ramifications), The Daily Spur (serious), E.M.’s Random Prompt (neutral), Your Daily Word Prompt (veer), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (hug).

13 thoughts on “The Death of a Salesman

  1. Lauren February 12, 2022 / 9:25 pm

    I was afraid he was going to pick their pockets when he hugged them

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  2. bushboy February 12, 2022 / 11:29 pm

    At least you didn’t say on ya bike 🙂

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  3. SueW February 13, 2022 / 12:45 am

    Nice finish, you secured a good ending there! Thank you, Fandango. 😀

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  4. parikhit February 15, 2022 / 3:23 am

    What if he were actually checking out the house and noting everything only to break in later!! Scary.

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  5. leigha66 February 23, 2022 / 6:37 pm

    I am sure he has a bargain of a deal for them, an arm and a leg. Good story Fandango!

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