Laughter is the Best Medicine | Microfiction

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Laughter is the best medicine, but when healthcare comes at a price it is only the rich who are lucky enough to try the tonic.

Jacques made a sound living from flogging laughter, but it was a miserable job. He spent his days trawling the streets, waiting on jokes and witticisms before pouncing upon those who heard them.

As soon as the laughter came tumbling from his victims’ mouths, he’d leap upon them and capture it while it was still fresh.

A single chuckle was worth thousands. But Jacques could never quite cope with the way in which his victims’ faces fell as soon as he’d taken his plunder.

Eventually, Jacques had had enough. He had to find a better way.

His first stand-up show was a roaring success. The sad, rich folk paid handsomely for the laughter he eked out of them.

No longer did Jacques steal laughter.

Instead, he stole jokes from his fellow comics.

Jacques was never quite cut out for an honest living.

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance content writer and copywriter from Yorkshire. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, writing-related blogs posts every Sunday, and book reviews for short attention spans whenever it takes her fancy. Her most common pastimes include procrastinating on Twitter (@itsemscott) and hibernating on her sofa with a book and a (very large) glass of gin.

4 thoughts on “Laughter is the Best Medicine | Microfiction”

  1. I like the layout of your blog and your writing style. This story is quite an interesting read and, I hope to see more of your work.

    If you don’t mind, I would love to see you over at my blog. It would be nice to hear your thoughts (which you can leave in the post comments) on my work.

  2. That’s a freakin’ awesome microstory, Ellie, great job! Thank you for sharing!

    Denny

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