Not That Desperate
“Sharpen your tools!” The shrill cry cut through smothering blanket of heat.
She handed a kitchen knife to the scrawny unkempt man.
“That will be Rupees 10.”
Reluctantly she held out a 10-Rupee note.
He bowed over it.
His first earning of the day! She was glad she hadn’t bargained with him.
He sat on his haunches. “I am thirsty.”
He downed the water. “Business is dull.” He looked down. “I haven’t eaten roti for two days.”
She offered him her favorite snack – bread topped with mango pickle.
Gingerly picking up the pickle, he walked away.
Roti: Wheat-based flat bread popular in India
Based on a true incident
Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the challenge and to Kelvin M. Knight for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.