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When the knock on the door was answered, they were greeted by a man introducing himself as Mr Minisota, and he was there to show them something that would change their lives forever.
By the time they had time to gather themselves and put up the customary resistance of ‘No thanks, we don’t want any’, he had his bag open and brought out an object that could only be described as a puzzle.
It was a cube, which sat in the man’s hand, and had no visible markings.
‘This will change our lives?” they collectively thought. “How?”
Immediately the cube began humming, then vibrated and then lit up. At first a dull pale light then it built to a bright iridescent, and they found themselves mesmerized.
“Amazing!” they found themselves saying and not really knowing why.
“This can be yours today for one easy payment of $10.99, or if you buy two, it will cost only $23.”
“Wow!” they exclaimed and found themselves signing a document and passing over the $23.
Mr Minisota left them with the two cubes in their hands, and it wasn’t until later with the cubes on their mantlepiece that they began to realise what they had done.
The change in their lives was they had two cubes, and at different times one would light up, hold them fixated and then turn off.
It didn’t matter what they were doing; they had to stop and watch the cubes doing their thing. Vacuuming, cooking, washing it didn’t matter the cubes had taken over their lives and somehow a part of them thought it a good thing. The man felt more virile than ever, the woman, saw in her husband a man far more attractive than she ever realized. It was proving to be a win-win all round.
Written for: https://fivedotoh.com/2019/06/24/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-19/
A bit like 📺 TV!
I guess you could say that.
When is Mr. Minisota going to come to my neighborhood?
Keep your eye out you never know. You have need of said cube?
When you live in Trumplandia, anything that offers a distraction and makes you feel better is welcome.
I understand I just watched a YouTube piece about trump lies and Russia
There’s a lot to hope for.
They also paid a dollar more for two bought together, than for two bought one at a time. That sounds like a bargain best refused. 🙂
Part of the lure of the cube 😇
Yea, I get you.
I picked up on this too and thought sneaky little salesman.
I’ve actually seen this in practice in supermarkets, special offers, but look a shelf above or below and two singles cost less!
If we a shop in town that sells everything it stocks for the same price. £1. People think they’re getting a bargain. Yet look in a regular shop and you find almost everything sold there priced sometimes up to 50% cheaper
My mind is so wired I’m automatically either converting things back to the old £sd or calculating the true cost to me as a consumer. BOGOF offers don’t work for us and I refuse to buy something I’m unlikely to use or have to throw it away before it gets eaten. Luckily, we have the time to shop around.
When the shop first opened, I checked it out. Maybe there are some bargains, but nothing I wanted. And when I compared their price with prices I’d normally pay … not a chance.
We pay for the convenience, rather than quality and choice.
I enjoyed reading your article, much interested.
Thanks so much