WRONG END OF THE RAINBOW

Life had been a disaster since he found the pot of gold.

His wife had found out about his new found wealth, so he’d had to kill her.

He didn’t trust the kids anymore, the murderous little bastards were looking to inherit, so he’d cut them off.

The yacht and the supercar had been fun to start with, but the prostitutes and drugs and endless parties had become tiresome.

Now the Inland Revenue were pestering him, something about a treasure tax.

And the charities kept calling, begging bowls in hand.

If he could ever find that scrawny little leprechaun again, he’d wring his f—–g neck.


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Copyright Jeff Arnold

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more detailsΒ HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visitΒ HERE.


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86 responses to “WRONG END OF THE RAINBOW”

  1. It all seems wonderful to begin with, all the money, and then you can’t trust anyone. Good one!

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    1. I don’t trust anyone and I don’t even have any money yet.

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  2. Be careful what you wish for!

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  3. Hahaha, I’m surprised the kids didn’t end up on the chopping block literally. Such a first world problem.

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  4. Too much of anything isn’t good! Great story, Iain.

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  5. Iain, you had me smiling at this post, thank you.

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    1. You’re welcome, thanks Mike

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  6. Oh, a story to make me chuckle. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Mine is a similar theme.)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. You’re welcome Susan πŸ™‚

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  7. Funny as, with a dark edge! Nice one.

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  8. Dear Iain,

    Wealth certainly corrupted him. The last line made me lough out loud. πŸ˜€ Good one!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. He killed his wife for gold?
    Really people value things & not people.
    Too late to undo now! Great story!

    Stay home. Stay safe.

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  10. This is wonderful Iain. I’m still chuckling!

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    1. Thank you Di, glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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      1. loved the punch line. πŸ™‚

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  11. This is great. Sort of like The Bottle Imp, but Irish. I heard that leprechaun gold turns to ash in your hands anyway.

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    1. Thanks J Hardy – thy certainly can’t be trusted!

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  12. Yep, some who find (or are born with….) such a pot of gold are often like this. Won’t be looking at the end of any rainbows soon.

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    1. There’s better ways to earn your fortune. Thanks Trent

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  13. Haha! Nicely done, Iain. Just shows, wealth is not all its cracked up to be. Sounds like he was a bit quick to bump off the wife though! Great story

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    1. A case of self-preservation I think. He still can’t trust his own kids. Thanks Lynn, glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

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      1. Reminds me of a Mafia boss or even a medieval king – you much crave power and money but it’s not a happy position to be in once you have it

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  14. How can such a terrible situation make me smile most of the way through?

    Well, no lottery winnings for me! I don’t think it’s worth it!

    I’ll bet that skinny little leprechaun is laughing his head off πŸ™‚

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    1. Glad it gave you a smile Linda – money isn’t everything πŸ™‚

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  15. Well done, Iain, a lighter vein is what is needed just now.
    Gave me a chuckle.

    PS the wife had it coming…

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    1. Glad it raised a smile. If he hadn’t taken care of her first, well, we know what would have happened.

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  16. Money proved to be a curse for him.

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    1. It can do that to people.

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  17. Thanks for the grin! πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re welcome Sandra πŸ™‚

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  18. Effing leprechauns… they don’t warn you of what lies ahead and let’s face it, not many can handle sudden wealth!

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    1. There are certainly plenty of stories of lottery winners whose lives have turned out pretty bad after their big win.

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      1. Indeed. We have a notorious family here in Quebec who made a mega mess of the whole thing.

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  19. LOL! Of course, he shouldn’t have blamed the messenger. πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m sure the leprechaun will point to the small print that he should have read! πŸ˜‰

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  20. Thanks for some lighthearted reading in the gloom.

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    1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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  21. Wealth is not the key to happiness, that’s for sure. Watch out for those leprechauns. They know and sit back and laugh!

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    1. You have to admire them for that! Thanks Brenda πŸ™‚

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  22. LOL, something tells me he wasn’t such a lovey dovey person before that rainbow cache … πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ya think? You may be right, he does seem a little nasty πŸ˜‰

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      1. Yeah, I’m socially distancing from him … πŸ˜‰

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  23. Me thinks the luck of the Irish has nothing to do with gold Iain.
    I missed you Fictioneers,
    Tracey

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    1. Good to have you back πŸ™‚

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  24. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Less money, mo’ problems, too, though. Hmm… Maybe money’s the problem.

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    1. The root of all evil.

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  25. Should have listened to Randy, to be sure, to be sure, to be sure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3W4ZOlA08g

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  26. What an unpleasant MC! And what an entertaining story! Handling a sudden fortune must be very difficult; I think I’d rather not, on the whole!

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    1. Just enough to pay off my mortgage is what I’ve always said πŸ™‚

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  27. Funny! Theres probably more than a grain of truth to this story, and i’m not talking about the leprechaun!

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    1. You know some lottery winner has probably done all of this.

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  28. πŸ˜€ Love this twist!

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  29. The down side of wealth. Nevertheless, given the option…that leprechaun better watch his back!

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    1. He may have annoyed the wrong person this time!

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  30. sadly, it’s the same story for some folks winning the lottery. fortune becomes their misfortune.

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    1. It’s not easy as you think it would be – but I’d like to try.

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      1. me too. πŸ™‚

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  31. Be careful what you wish for! Very funny πŸ™‚

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  32. I knew it. that is why we all don’t go out rushing to the end of the rainbow these days, those little leprechauns are having a laugh.

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  33. Ha! This brought a smile. Thank you!

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    1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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  34. Darn those pesky leprechauns.
    You’d be amazed how many people I’ve “had” to kill because they got a look at my secret bank statement…

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    1. You can trust me to keep your secret safe!

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  35. Perhaps it’s best not to be wealthy! Haha!
    Good one Iain!

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    1. It can have its drawbacks πŸ™‚

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  36. This is so great! What some fear and others never think of until it’s too late. πŸ˜€

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  37. Be careful what you wish for, I thought. It turns into a curse not a blessing. Beware of unleashing that genie in a bottle ?

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    1. These things are always better than they appear.

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  38. How dare that leprechaun make him wealthy! The nerve! πŸ˜‰
    Good one.

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    1. He was only trying to help as well πŸ™‚

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  39. Never as good as you think right? Great story about consequences !

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  40. Now I know why I never buy lottery tickets!

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    1. Careful what you wish for!

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  41. Ha! Ha! That was a fun read.

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