Friday Fictioneers — Carla Is Sold


Copyright - Björn Rudberg
Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Dementrio viewed the men as they approached his little shack. Both were wearing  bandoliers. He knew the time had come. “Bring Carla to me,” he calmly directed his wife.

As the two bandits approached, his son Fausto clutched his ragged pant legs and asked his father, “Why Carla father?” Dementrio could not tell his son theirs crops of bananas and sugarcane had failed to produce any money this year. “The men bring money so we may survive. For that we give them your little sister. Her life will be better. You are lucky Fausto as they only want girls.”

These 98 words constitute my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

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  16. atrm61 January 26, 2014 / 10:36 am

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  17. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 25, 2014 / 6:57 am

    What a sad sad story.. and to me thr most horrid thing is that it continue to happen… I can’t imagine anything worse…


  18. rochellewisoff January 25, 2014 / 4:58 am

    Dear Danny,

    Something tells me that Carla won’t have a better life. It’s horrifying to me that anyone would consider selling their child for any reason. I know it happens more often than we care to admit. Nonetheless you’ve presented a well written, thought provoking story.




  19. sustainabilitea January 24, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    It’s unfortunate that this is likely going on in too many places. Too often, the outcome won’t be a better life.



  20. freyathewriter January 24, 2014 / 10:10 am

    So very sad – and I am sure that somewhere as I write this, such exchanges are happening.


    • Danny James January 24, 2014 / 11:18 am

      I bet your are correct. Thanks for the comment!


  21. patrickprinsloo January 24, 2014 / 5:05 am

    That’s such a sad comment on the world we live in. Well wrote.


  22. troy P. January 23, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Bleak, and parents not much worth the 5 minutes it took them to become so. Nicely done.


  23. Nan Falkner January 23, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Good story – and I would of given them some buck shot for their time. There’s always room for one (or two) more bodies. Nan


  24. tinkerbelle96 January 23, 2014 / 9:08 am

    Sad but true. Unfortunately these deals won’t stop until parents like Carla’s come to their senses. A dutiful parent would rather sacrifice himself/herself than sell their own child..


    • Danny James January 23, 2014 / 9:12 am

      I agree. Thanks for the read and the comment!



  25. Adam Ickes January 23, 2014 / 8:35 am

    Horrid parents, they are. I would have given them a couple bullets instead of my daughter, then I’d have the money and my daughter… of course I’d also have a few bodies to dispose of, but that’s how fathers do, right?


    • Danny James January 23, 2014 / 8:55 am

      Right! I would like to read your 100 word story on that one! Talk about concise writing.
      8:- Thanks for the comment Adam! And please, please don’t give me a test on Raspberry Pi thingy doo.



  26. Sandra January 23, 2014 / 2:32 am

    Good grief, that’s a harrowing one Danny! Nicely written.


    • Danny James January 23, 2014 / 8:24 am

      You should talk! Cocoon wasn’t exactly rosy. 😎 But I liked it! Thanks for the nice comment Sandra.


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