Lucky Ticket

Prompt image for the Fandango's Flash Fiction prompt

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #101, where we write about this photo from Pixabay..

Josh had never considered whether he was a lucky person or not. At his young age, he still had many of life’s events ahead of him. But at this moment, he was on top of the world.

Like many boys his age, he collected football stickers. For this year’s roster, he already had what was considered one of the rarest stickers, and when he treated himself this morning, there it was again. He was already sitting on an offer to swap it for a hundred other cards, he’d just said he’d think about it and let them know.

He’d confided in his best friend, Amy. She cared little for these cards, but she understood “rare”. “It’s no use to you, you already have it”, and then jokily added “why not put it up on eBay?”

This throwaway remark set Josh’s mind racing. “Why not?”, he’d thought, and went home and took some photos of the card that night. Next day, he enlisted Amy’s help once again. “I want you to help me come up- with an ad”, he’d explained. Buying her lunch to twist her arm, they’d gone to use one of the school’s computers, after they’d finished eating. A half-hour later, Jake hit “post”, and the listing went live.

There was precious little time to watch the progress of the auction, and Josh did not have a computer at home, but a week later, Amy reminded him. “Doesn’t that auction end today?” and at lunchtime they once again found themselves in the computer lab. Josh logged on.

In the cafeteria, the rest of the school just heard a muffled “YESSSSSSS”.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems in finance, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing mainly health-related software from home, plus some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

9 thoughts on “Lucky Ticket”

    1. Yeah, that’s what I thought. This is clearly a happy event so it was just a case of baxktracking to how a 7yo could get to that happy event.
      I did think of him writing ransomware, and the vic had just paid up, but decided he was a little too young for that.


  1. Reminded me of my childhood…..back then there were no computers but the deals that were stuck between friends for exchange of posters of sportsmen, were something that made us believe we have hit the jackpot!
    Loved this. 🙂

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    1. Yup, I thought of this based on my childhood experiences. The first one I ever tried to collect was Football [i.e. soccer, UK] 78, the first one I completed was Italia ’90 9which was the European soccer championship]. I was soccer-mad back then.


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