The Antique Show

D7A1C7F2-DDAE-4E2A-AA73-2E24F03AC833Lady,” the man said, “do you have a permit to set up this booth?”

“A permit?” the woman said. “I set up this booth every year at this antique show and I’ve never needed a permit before.”

“Well, ma’am,” the man said, “there’s a new head of the Park Authority and permits are now required for booths to be set up at the fairgrounds.”

“Why am I just hearing about this now?” she asked.

“The Park Authority transmitted a notice to the show’s organizers two months ago,” he said. “You needed to complete the application and submit it with your $200 fee two weeks ago.”

The woman started crying. “This is just some more of my bad karma,” she sobbed. “I tried so hard to make my booth attractive and spacious and now you’re telling me I have to take it down. I make nearly half of my annual income at this antique show. Does your boss want me to end up on welfare?”

Feeling sorry for the woman, the man said, “Let me talk to my boss. Maybe we can give you an exemption for this year’s show.”

“Oh thank you so much,” the woman said, reaching out and shaking the man’s hand. As he walked away, she thought to herself, “What a sucker!”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (lady), The Daily Spur (permit), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (authority), Nova’s Daily Random Word (transmitted), Your Daily Word Prompt (karma), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spacious), and Daily Addictions (take).

50 Word Thursday — Fools Abound

4E7B3CA4-F5AD-4485-855E-1E512081A60E“Fooling, fooling, too much fooling,” the painted-face man was shouting as he pranced around the fairgrounds wearing a fool’s costume.

A little girl ran up to the man and asked, “Are you a clown?”

“No,” he said, “I am a fool.”

“But you said there’s too much fooling,” the confused girl said.

“Look around,” he said, waving his arm in a broad, sweeping motion. “They are all fools. But they are all wearing makeup to hide their foolishness.

“But you’re wearing makeup,” the girl said.

“That’s because I’m the king of fools,” he said. “The most foolish of them all.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith. The object is to write a story based upon the photo at the top of this post and to incorporate the line, “Fooling, fooling, too much fooling,” from Astrid Lindgren’s “Pippi Longstocking.” The story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.