A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

271 Reads 12 Votes 1 Part Story
Roderick By RoderickYoung Completed

An alternate take on an old scam.  Perhaps you will recognize the same today, in the streets, or in the spam folder of your email?

The cover picture is from Francois de Halleux, in Brussels, Belgium.  User name "Fanz" on flickr.  Creative Commons licensed, attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives.

  • eldred
  • kind
  • medieval
  • mercy
  • parable
Mrs_Manhunter_Jonzz Mrs_Manhunter_Jonzz Sep 25, 2013
Very nice moral and I'll admit that I wouldn't have thought about the circumstances of what the scammer would have done to the sparrow. This story makes you more aware of things, now.
mars_insanity mars_insanity Aug 03, 2013
I've been looking for a good story lately to read since I've had nothing to do... I decided to read something by you because I remembered liking other things you've wrote. Time well spent. I should read more sometime.
RoderickYoung RoderickYoung Jul 28, 2012
Thanks, @everfree !  There wasn't supposed to be any actual magic in this story, just scammers and pretenders.  I just tried to write in olde English to see if I could do it.  But thanks for picking up a meaning that is independent of the era or setting.
Jing_Jing Jing_Jing Jul 27, 2012
Loved this. One should spend money on doing greater good and not on obtaining material or magical things. Such simple and ancient wisdom that is so often lost in today's materialism-driven society.
                              
                              Favourited this so I can savour it whenever the materialistic urge kicks in. ;P
fairyfree fairyfree Feb 10, 2012
@RoderickYoung Mercy is the one thing that we have all received at some point. Otherwise,none of us would be here. It is important to never either forget that. And always count our blessings.
RoderickYoung RoderickYoung Feb 10, 2012
@fairyfree Thanks!  The story of the bird in a guy's hands is not mine; it's so old, I don't know where it comes from.  The only change in my story is that someone bets and intentionally "loses," to illustrate that spending on mercy is really not losing at all.