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Honesty, the Best Policy

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100, word photo prompt. Photo by Bjorn Rudbeg.


“Are these hats alpaca?”

“You kidding? Pure sheep.”

“In that case, very expensive.”

“Who knows the difference. Did you?”

“No… but someone might.”

“If they’ve never been to Peru, they won’t.”

“But it’s still dishonest.”

“It’s not a lie, just stretching of truth a little.”

“You’ll not get away with it.”

“Alright, let’s say they’re llama and not alpaca.”

“Is llama cheaper then?”

“Certainly less… but we’ll make less profit.”

“Why not tell the truth and have no come-back.”

“I never thought of that.”

“Then be honest. Stop trying pulling the wool over peoples’ eyes.”

“Which wool, sheep, llama or alpaca?”

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

21 comments on “Honesty, the Best Policy

  1. Sandra
    December 20, 2017

    The truth versus profit… the latter wins every time.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Moon
    December 20, 2017

    That’s a really wonderful light-hearted take on a serious problem plaguing our socirties.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alice Audrey
    December 20, 2017

    LOL on “which wool”.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rochellewisoff
    December 20, 2017

    Dear Bryan,

    The last two lines made me laugh out loud. Nicely done.



    Liked by 1 person

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    December 20, 2017

    Ha… love the last lines… fun (and they were definitely wool)

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      December 20, 2017

      They’d have ruined my story if they wern’t


  6. Alicia Jamtaas
    December 20, 2017

    When I first saw these I thought of Peruvian hats! Thanks for taking that idea and writing a wonderful all-dialogue story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      December 21, 2017

      Great minds think alike


  7. Iain Kelly
    December 20, 2017

    Haha, great use of the prompt to get to that saying. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. anuragbakhshi
    December 21, 2017

    Loved the last line. There’s an old dialogue in Hindi- Hum nahin sudharenge! Lossely translated, it means- We will never improve/get on the right path!

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      December 21, 2017

      I’ve been searching for that right path for years.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Keith's Ramblings
    December 21, 2017

    I’ve been to Peru but I don’t think I could tell the difference! Nice one

    Click to read my FriFic!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Dale
    December 21, 2017

    Definitely got a laugh out of me… and honesty does eventually pay off!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. granonine
    December 21, 2017

    Good one–made me laugh 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. LOL I can see that conversation occurring. Perhaps the wool is possum.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      December 22, 2017

      Could very well be – adding to the confusion

      Liked by 1 person

  13. yarnspinnerr
    December 22, 2017

    LoL. Very clever take.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. kindredspirit23
    December 23, 2017

    A fine ending which I should have seen coming!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. patriciaruthsusan
    December 26, 2017

    Ah, the methods of the super salesman. Good writing, B.Bryan. Season’s Greetings. 😀 — Suzanne


    • bbryanthomas
      December 26, 2017

      Greetings to you too, Susan

      Liked by 1 person

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