Love For Sale


The remaining tenant proved the hardest nut to crack. They went at him day and night – an assault of white noise and legal taunts.

Old before his time, he shuffled to the courthouse and made his last stand:

‘I proposed to my wife in this home, toiled for forty years to keep it, and found a widower’s solace here. Please…’

A quadrupled offer finally dislodged him.

He withdrew from the courthouse and disappeared into the crowd, re-emerging many thousands of miles away – a skip in his step.

His wife came to the chalet door. He showed her a cheque for an insane amount of money.



Written for: Friday Fictioneers


Filed under Flash fiction, short story

24 responses to “Love For Sale

  1. Love it! The little man so seldom wins, this amounts to a feel-good story.

  2. Dear Martin,

    This one left me smiling.



  3. Good on him, and you! Great tale.

  4. Oh, very good! The little guy wins against City Hall 🙂

  5. “The key to any con is to place the mark in a position where he or she thinks reward will come or harm will be avoided if he or she does exactly as told by the conman.” – Templeton “Faceman” Peck, “The A-Team”.

    Well done!

  6. Love this. Reminds me of the old codger in Up.

  7. Jelli

    Good twist of plot, there.

  8. True story. For decades there was a strawberry field up against the Disneyland property line in Anaheim, CA. For decades, Disney offered the family tremendous amounts of money to sell, but they always refused. Then it was time for the older couple to retire. Disney made it worth it. Now some of the most fertile land in America is covered by a theme park.

  9. Loved this. Stick it to the man!

  10. Now that’s a twist to the story! Hahaha!

  11. Fun story. I hope the couple enjoyed their profit!

  12. Ha! Love it. Nothing more than the developer deserved. Nicely told Martin

  13. Great story! This is not a guy I would want to play poker with

  14. Everybody has a price; you just to quote it. Loved this story.

  15. loved the twist – did not expect him to be working it….

  16. Haha – very nicely done. Fooled us along with the court 😀

  17. While I can’t condone this behaviour, good on ’em! Great down-trodden feel to the start with that uplifting end.

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