‘Tickling Butterflies’ – The Golden Coin

I’m serializing my fairy tale novel, Tickling Butterflies. 128 separate fairy tales come together to create one epic fantasy fairy tale.

A new fairy tale ‘episode’ is published every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Enjoy the latest fairy tale:

The Golden Coin

(Containing the gluttonous tale in which John the Cute learns of greed.)

 

Once upon a time, in the big city of New Bigness, there lived Painter Pete, a poor artist. Painter Pete never had any money. He had a great talent for paintings, but no other talents at all. As a man with no talents, he could not get a job. He had to earn a living painting on the pavements near the markets. Passersby would look at the paintings, and some would give him coins. But the coins were small and their value even smaller.

Painter Pete’s dream was to get enough money to buy the specialized pavement brushes that would allow him to paint the best and most amazing paintings the world has ever seen. But specialized pavement brushes were quite expensive.

One day, during the days in which John the Cute raced Death to King Charming the Fourth’s palace, Painter Pete found a golden coin in a ditch.

Upon a closer look, Painter Pete realized it was a magic coin. Its magic was special: Whenever the coin was sold, it would suddenly become more golden and more valuable.

Painter Pete looked up and saw John the Cute walk up the path to the market, and hailed him:

“Good sir!” he cried, stopping John the Cute in mid-stride. “You look like an honest country man. Perhaps you can help a poor and destitute painter.”

John the Cute, being big of heart, agreed to listen to Painter Pete’s scheme. Once he listened to it, he agreed to help Painter Pete.

John the Cute agreed to buy the golden coin from Painter Pete. As he grabbed hold of the coin, the coin became more golden and shinier.

Painter Pete then agreed to buy the golden coin from John the Cute. When Painter Pete grabbed hold of the coin, the coin became even more golden.

John the Cute then agreed to buy the coin from Painter Pete, then Painter Pete agreed to buy the coin from John the Cute, and so on many, many times. Money never exchanged hands, since they only agreed to pay, but did not actually pay. Only the coin changed hands.

After fifteen times, Painter Pete held in his hands a coin worth two specialized pavement brushes and food for his family for six months. Painter Pete, now no longer poor, was happy to have achieved his dream.

John the Cute began to continue walking, but Painter Pete stopped him.

“Let’s do it a few more times!”

“Why?”

“I could always use more specialized paint brushes and more food to my family.”

John the Cute was not able to resist the painter’s argument and agreed to do so again.

After sixteen more back-and-forth exchanges, Painter Pete now held a golden coin that would allow him to buy food for his family for the next hundred and one years. Painter Pete laughed with joy.

John the Cute began walking once more, when Painter Pete stopped him.

“Wait! A few more times! Please!”

“But why?”

“So I could get anything I could ever want. My life has been hard. Surely I’ve earned it.”

John the Cute was not able to resist the painter’s argument and agreed to do so again.

After sixteen more back-and-forth exchanges, Painter Pete now held a golden coin that would allow him to buy anything he ever wanted whenever he wanted it. But now, all he wanted was for the coin to be worth more. He asked John the Cute to go through the process again.

“But why?” John the Cute asked.

“It’s not enough!” Painter Pete exclaimed. “It’s not enough!”

“Why is it not enough?” John the Cute did not understand.

“You’re just jealous of my riches!” Painter Pete pushed John the Cute. “You don’t want me to be rich!”

“I didn’t know you wanted to be rich,” John the Cute answered honestly. “I thought you wanted specialized pavement brushes.”

Painter Pete held on to his coin. “You’re thinking of not selling it back to me! You want this coin to yourself!”

John the Cute turned around and walked away.

Painter Pete struck John the Cute from behind, knocking him unconscious. Painter Pete then put him on a carriage, so that when John the Cute woke up he would be far far away and unable to steal Painter Pete’s coin.

John the Cute woke up on a carriage a day later, and discovered that he was now further from the palace than he had been before. He had faced greed and survived, but he was now behind in his race with Death.

This has been the poignant story of how greed caused John the Cute a severe headache.

(To be continued on Thursday…)

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