Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.
Our interest this week is in sales, or rather in salespeople. They’ve knocked on your door, spammed your phone, and tried desperately to get you to part ways with your hard-earned money. Their tactics often straddle the border between coercive and honest, and sometimes blow past that line into the despicable.
It’s not an easy gig and almost anything can be up for sale. Homes, cars, armies, souls, and so much more have been dealt by these silver-tongued tradesmen. It is our authors’ task to make a deal. Their story must involve a person selling something, anything, professionally. There are no limitations on genre.
Who will get coffee and who will get fired?
Let’s find out!
The scuffle of sales stories has begun!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).