Borrower, Lender – Version #One
by Sparks In Shadow
Coworkers let me borrow a few dollars three weeks after I’d been hired at the deli. My paycheck hadn’t come in again. I needed groceries.
My first check came the next week.
Sheila seemed uncomfortable when I returned her money. Gene and Randy were weird when I repaid theirs.
In the breakroom, chuckling, Paul wouldn’t take his.
“Why’s everyone acting funny?” I asked.
“Nobody expected you’d actually pay them back.”
I looked at Paul’s money in my hand. “Why?”
He shrugged. “Keep it. Or pass it on.” He shrugged again and walked away smiling.
I wondered why I was embarrassed.