April 11: Flash Fiction Challenge – “Beggars Can’t Be Choosers”.


April 11, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” You can play with the words, alter them or interpret them without using the phrase. Give it any slant you want — show what it means or add to its  meaning. Go where the prompt leads!


The Agent offered us a good price. It was greater than we anticipated, but Mavis was determined to get more.

She was holding out telling the buyers they should try a better offer if they were serious.

Her selfish greed was placing us in greater financial jeopardy, as we needed the money to get the building of our new house under way. It was also the only offer we had received.

The next day to our disappointment the Agent told us the buyer had withdrawn and that we should have accepted the offer after all ‘beggars can’t be choosers’.


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/11/april-11-flash-fiction-challenge/

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5 Responses to April 11: Flash Fiction Challenge – “Beggars Can’t Be Choosers”.

  1. Sadje says:

    Yup! That’s the case often.

  2. Violet Lentz says:

    Such is often the repayment for simple greed. very well told, Michael.

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, that “determination to get more” when you’ve already been given a break can lead to nothing. A good point to highlight in a story, Michael.

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