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Friday Fiction

#amwriting – #fridayfiction

For weeks on end she economized. She bought day old bread, went without new charcoals and walked instead of taking the metro. By the middle of January she’d saved up 48 euros and went back to the store.

A different clerk was behind the counter.

“I’m looking for the sales clerk with auburn hair,” she said. “She’s my height, maybe a snip taller. You know her?”

The clerk shook her head and gave a puzzled shrug. “I only started last week.”

“Oh,” Max sighed. “You have any idea where she went?”

The clerk again shook her head. “She left before I came.”

Max gave another sigh, her disappointment obvious. “She waited on us last time and I was hoping—”

“I can help you,” The clerk volunteered.

“It seems there’s been a mistake,” Max explained then she continued on to say the last time they were in the store, they somehow walked out with the red scarf. There was no mention of Julien’s name. “My friend intended to pay for it, but forgot.” She handed the clerk 48 euros.

“I need the tag,” the girl said. “I can’t ring up a sale unless I enter what the item is.”

“It was a red scarf,” Max replied. “Sort of like the blue one in the window.”

“That one is 79 euros. It’s not the same.” The clerk’s voice was impatient, testy almost.

“I don’t have the tag,” Max said. “Can’t you just ring up red scarf 48 euros?”

“That’s not how we do things! I have to scan the code!”

“You can’t ring up 48 euros and say there was no tag?”

“Not unless I’m looking to get fired.”

Max stuffed the money in her jacket pocket and left the store.

Two days later she walked across the bridge, up the long hill to Sacre Coeur, and dropped the 48 euros into the poor box.

Even that did little to assuage her conscience. For months she worried that the girl with auburn hair had been fired because of the stolen scarf.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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