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The Pauper

Photo copyright Amy Reese
Photo copyright Amy Reese


He arrived a pauper, all his money spent getting to safety. He spent his first few nights sleeping in a cardboard box. Then found employment sweeping the pavement outside a grand store. Each week he would save a few dollars. He had a dream, but first he needed somewhere safe to sleep. He started by renting a redundant warehouse and sleeping in the office. Soon he was renting all the space for storage. Saving hard he purchased his first derelict building. Within seven years he had built up quite a portfolio of industrial sites. A wife and the house could wait.

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  1. I know of many people who became “accidental entrepreneurs.” I didn’t see him looking cold at all. Maybe not knowing what he did with the derelict building seemed like he came across as a slumlord, but I didn’t see that. We don’t know what he did with it anyway. He could have renovated it for all we know.

    Fine piece of work, Mike. Really gets the entrepreneurial juices flowing. 🙂

    1. When the image does not speak, then I feel challenged. I think it is good to be challenged until I write something that I don’t like. But then I do that even when the prompt quickly gives me a story. Ha the perils of being a writer.

          1. fortunately not. Have to sleep sometime 😉

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    1. I am pleased he came across alright. I was concerned about the last line of this story, as it almost implies that he denied himself love and a home, which was not how I saw his path in life. In fact I saw him as making many good friends and having a office which worked well as a home also. But when a character goes public, it’s up to each person what they read into a story. Mike

  2. A great tale of how hard work and persistence can move you up–with a bit of luck. He knows what he wants, let’s hope he finds happiness too. Great story.

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