A boy of roughly nine entered the shop by himself and wandered aimlessly until a jar of pennies caught his eye.
“You’ve got a lot of coins,” the boy said.
“Indeed, I do,” the man behind the counter replied.
“How’d you get so many?” the boy asked.
“Well, you see,” said the man, “every time a kid asks about ‘em, I take him out back into the woods and sell him to the trolls for a penny. Then I come back here and toss it in the jar.”
The boy ran out the door and the man added another penny.
Nothing scary here, unless you count the made up trolls. Just a guy having some fun at the expense of a gullible child, who won’t be the last.
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July 12th, 2017 at 8:45 PM
Hahahahaha! That’s hilarious, Adam! Sure brings home the adult attitude of “Get outta here, kid, ya bother me.”
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July 13th, 2017 at 6:43 AM
I think he’s just trying to spice up his day a bit, rather than the kid bothering him.
July 13th, 2017 at 2:29 AM
Another good story, but sad. The man is really not making any money and the trolls are deprived of another boy. Oh, well …
July 13th, 2017 at 6:45 AM
You’re right. That poor man had to put his own money in the jar. How sad.
July 13th, 2017 at 4:07 AM
I love the imagination in this.
July 13th, 2017 at 6:46 AM
Thanks. Imagination has always been one of my favorite things.
July 13th, 2017 at 5:50 AM
That man has a mean streak, doesn’t he? I could picture this. Very funny and well done.
July 13th, 2017 at 6:48 AM
Some might call it a mean streak. He’d say he’s just having a bit of fun.
July 13th, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Ooh, what a naughty man, scaring the kids so. Ha ha 🙂
July 13th, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Haha, made me smile. I am glad he didn’t actually sell the kid to trolls. (And only for a penny? How cheap!)
July 13th, 2017 at 8:53 AM
This is just brilliant – I’m sitting here with a grin on my face!
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July 13th, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Ha… and I guess that none of the kids are coming back.
July 13th, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Great fun. I can really believe this is a true story.
July 13th, 2017 at 6:40 PM
Lovely story, over the years, even my older dogs did the same with young tear away puppies. .
July 13th, 2017 at 7:37 PM
Oh, my! This is so delightful! Thanks for a smile and a bit of a chuckle
July 13th, 2017 at 8:44 PM
Hmmm! A mean little fella, the shop owner is. Having fun at little kids’ expense. Oh well, I would have done the same 😀
July 13th, 2017 at 11:17 PM
Teaching a child a little wariness can do no harm. A fun micro drama.
July 15th, 2017 at 4:35 AM
This made me 😃
July 17th, 2017 at 1:24 AM
THAT was hilarious!
July 17th, 2017 at 7:24 AM
Hey, I know that guy. He was my neighbor! Well done! 😀
July 18th, 2017 at 9:08 AM
It might not be scary but what a nasty man. Maybe the trolls will come for him someday for scaring so many children. Good writing, Adam. 🙂 — Suzanne
July 18th, 2017 at 5:41 PM
I’m still chuckling. Good story.