June 29, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that explores human needs. Not all needs are basic. Why would others put a price on basic needs, like water? Or perhaps you want to explore why a person might develop a need in order to survive a situation (like a miner needing the companionship of a prostitute). Think about needs and not having access or being in control of them.
From the Carrot Ranch
Sometimes, all you need is the air that you breathe
‘Is he homeless mum?’
The man sat on stained cardboard.
‘Can we give him something?’
‘We shouldn’t, Penny. He may be an addict.’
They studied the man. Mary started as Penny marched over and crouched down. The man raised his face. He nodded as Penny reached out; the man took her hand. Mary could see his was filthy, the nails ingrained with dirt. Penny, normally so fussy, didn’t flinch.
When Penny returned she was crying.
‘That was so kind, Penny.’
‘He said he’s been there four days and I’m the first person to stop let alone speak to him.’
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