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The raincoat

It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out of the back room to greet you. Tell us what happens next!

– How can I help you?
– Do you have an umbrella?
– Of course. A beauty. XIX century. With a matching silken dress and a hat. All in perfect conditions and a good price: 1,000 euros. I have some contemporary jewelry and shoes so you can have a complete costume ready to wear. I’m sure…
– I don’t need a XIX century costume. I need a common umbrella. It’s raining out there and I need to come back home quickly.
– Then you better go to another store.
– I can’t under all this rain and I’m in a hurry.
– What about a fisherman’s raincoat with a hood?
– How much?
– 25 euros
– Show me, please
– It belonged to a…
– I don’t care I only want to know if it suits me.
– Ts, ts, so much hurry is not good for the health. Here it is.
– Yellow? It’s dirty, smells funny and it’s too big and heavy.
– Why don’t you forget your hurry? you can wait here untill the rain stops. There are plenty of things to see in my humble store. You can see the lovely dress I told you about even you are not going to buy it. I can tell you the story of its owner…
– I don’t have time. Give me the raincoat, but I won’t pay 25 euros for it.
– You may reconsider your decision. We don’t have a return policy, and….
– I’m decided. I’ll take the raincoat. But I’m not paying more than 20 euros.
– Are you sure? you must…
– Just give me the damn raincoat.
– OK, if you insist… Here it is.
– Here you have your money.
– Have a nice day!
– (no answer)
– She didn’t let me tell her that the rain just had stopped when she decided to buy the raincoat. Anyway, I tried. My conscience is clean. Best of all, now I finally got rid of that smelly raincoat and she gave me 20 euros for it! Not a bad day, not a bad day.

Sudden Downpour.

Author:

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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