#FF — Mysterious Benefactor


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Once a month for ten years, each of the six received a plain white envelope with two-hundred in twenties. It had gotten them by in thin times and made possible a few extras in good times – until their neighborhood’s gentrification meant others’ envelopes with eviction notices.

Impending homelessness had them knocking on each others’ doors. Talking. Sharing. Learning. Planning.

Nick, the locksmith, picked the lock to the surveillance bulb’s PC room. Jill and John watched the videos. Jane researched facial recognition on their mysterious benefactor. Dotty and Phil went to see her.

The six now own the building.

[99 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the word-loving host of Friday Fictioneers.

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Great take on the prompt

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Sadje. Wasn’t sure where it was leading me but I like where it led.

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      1. Sadje says:

        So did I! 🙏🙏

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Seems they were rewarded for breaking and entering and violating their benefactor’s privacy. I wonder if blackmail was involved too

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    1. msjadeli says:

      May be! 🙂

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  3. ceayr says:

    Sorry to say this was too clever for me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for trying. I had fun with it 🙂

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Man, I wish I lived in that apartment block and had a benefactor dropping off money! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too! 🙂

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  5. Liz Young says:

    They were fortunate to have such a benefactor!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes they were!

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      1. magarisa says:

        Intriguing! I have a feeling the benefactor may have been coerced into it.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Maybe we’ll never know 😉

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  6. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Give me a benefactor! 200 in 1’s, 10’s, or 20’s…I’m not picky.

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  7. Carol anne says:

    great story! ❤ ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol anne and glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. A benefactor dropping off two hundreds__oh my gosh! One twos, hundreds__all denominations welcome! Tell me Lisa, where do I find one! Lovely story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much, Neel. I thought I’d have a flight of fiction into the silly realms 🙂

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  9. Well, that went well! Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If only! My rationale is that the group figured they would ask for lump sums to buy the building before the owner sold it and they became homeless. The benefactor concurred 🙂

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  10. granonine says:

    Oh! What a smart and determined group, and such a happy ending 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! I was really happy for them 🙂

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  11. jenne49 says:

    Great story. Just shows what happens when people cooperate!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! Thanks so much for reading and your comment.

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  12. James McEwan says:

    A concerning time for them, it seems. But then Dotty and Phil must have convinced the owner by appealing to their better nature.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes. Who knows what is motivating the benefactor but it doesn’t seem like anything negative.

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  13. Faced with homelessness, they ended up owning the building. Wow, I love this. Had me smiling!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, in the fictional realm such things can happen 🙂

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    2. msjadeli says:

      p.s. Thank you and glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. Dear Lisa,

    I’ll admit to being a little confused by this one. I mean I’m glad it worked out for the six but…scratching my head.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle:
      Its genre: fantasy 🙂 Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  15. plaridel says:

    i bet, this is something that happens only in the movies. 🙂

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  16. memadtwo says:

    Those mailboxes look familiar…I’ve actually known some people who squatted in their buildings in the 70s and were allowed to get together and buy them for almost nothing when the landlords abandoned them. Part of the contract is they are not allowed to make a big profit when they sell their apartments. It’s not a bad way to let the community invest in itself. I’m not sure it happens any more though. Real estate is too profitable. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, so cool to know it wasn’t total fantasy then. Food, clothing, and owning your own shelter should be the national dream. Too many landlords exploiting too many people.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        There are. And if you just give people a place to call their own, most of them will grow with it.

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  17. That would be a great benefactor to have. I could see this as a longer piece, even a novel. I enjoyed it. Also, gotta say I always love your theme for the blog. I used the same for my Green-Walled Treehouse blog so it always feels so familiar when I visit yours. 🙂
    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it would, David, and I’m glad my blog feels familiar to you 🙂 I changed it to this a month or so ago and love how it looks now.

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  18. Hmm … I’m shaking my head here. At the tenants-turned-‘owners’ … not at the writing. .. 🙂 Good work, you!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Na’ama. They were just as surprised 😉

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  19. draliman says:

    Sounds a bit like some blackmail going on there, though I don’t know what they found out about their benefactor that could have given them leverage…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is all a bit … mysterious!

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  20. Love the twist at the end. Good story Ms. Jadeli.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, GiN glad you like it.

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  21. ahtdoucette says:

    What a fascinating, uplifting story. Thanks for making me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Anne glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  22. pennygadd51 says:

    I like the way your characters cooperate to achieve the result they want. It’s an imaginative take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Penny!

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  23. An inventive story, I liked the idea of the gang’s solidarity in hard times. And what an amazing payoff.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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  24. Luckily, their benefactor complied.

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh so they found the person? Fabulous

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