Challenge: Pick one of these three: the main character has one great character trait but now it cannot do them any favors, the main character has one character trait that causes all your problems but today it’s their saving grace or both AND the story has to be 567 words long.
As you can see, I went for option number 2.
“Hey, Ben, we’re heading out for drinks tonight.” A cockatiel shrieked in the background. “Shut up, Marge.” The cockatiel’s shouting continued. “Just a sec.”
“Take your time, Meredith.” Ben rolled his eyes. He already knew where this was going.
After some shuffling and more cockatiel noises, Meredith continued, “So yeah, you wanna come with?”
“No thanks. Even a glass of water is too expensive, you know.”
A snort. “Of course. Overly stingy as always…” A sigh. “Well, it was worth a shot. I’ll see you at Svensson’s lecture on Monday then.”
Ben chuckled. “Don’t be there in a hangover.”
“I’ll try. Bye!”
Ben sighed and logged on to the online bank service to take look at the balance on his account. 253.66. Just enough to cover the next month’s rent and get him something cheap to eat. If he got lucky, he would get his pay before it ran out and he — the one whose stinginess was called “good financial management” (which it wasn’t) — would not have to borrow money from his friends.
Honestly, this was one of those days when he would rather starve than suffer through the jesting he would face.
Little did he know, that was the last time he spoke with Meredith or any of his other drinker friends.