The Begger   21 comments

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.


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Back at the rehab facility, the night clerk was sitting behind her desk. She buzzed me in.

I took off my shoes and lay down on the bed. I put down my hand penciled sign. I was exhausted after my three-mile walk. I counted the money I had collected that day: forty-two dollars and 15 cents.

I am allowed to beg in front of the store three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from nine a.m. until two p.m.

Most people ignore me. Some throw coins. One lady today asked me I she could get me something.

“Milk,” I said.




Posted September 20, 2017 by Danny James in Friday Fictioneers

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21 responses to “The Begger

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  1. An interesting look at the day in the life of…

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  2. He’s in a rehab. Milk, not alcohol. This is a very well-drawn portrait of the struggle.

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  3. That last line is a killer. Well done.

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  4. This really tugged at the heartstrings. His request for milk made me wonder how old he is. Very touching take on the prompt.

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  5. Very touching.

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  6. Some choose that way of life, others have no choice. Beautifully written.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  7. The plight of the addicted is always touching. This diary style entry is effective. Well done Danny.

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  8. Danny, this really pulled at my heartstrings. The way you walked us through the day and finished with a simple request. I think this is one of your best.

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  9. It sounds like he is on his way back in small steps


  10. Oh! beautiful!!! Very well done.

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  11. Loved this. Simple but very effective.

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  12. A great and very well written take .

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  13. Progress of sorts. Very well portrayed.

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  14. Turned a corner, then. Nicely done.

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  15. How timely this is, DJ. We were downtown this afternoon and got caught at a red light. A panhandler got up, showed us his sign and waved to us, making the sign for smoking a cigarette. What?! He wants money for smokes? The light turned green….

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