Friday, May 16, 2008

The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, a single mother had her three sons. They lived frugally in a two bedroom apartment on the bad side of town and yet they could barely make ends meet. She worked two jobs to bring in enough money to clothe and feed three hungry boys but it was never enough. She worked so hard and worried so much that she became severely depressed and was committed to a state mental asylum for shock treatments.

The oldest son told his brothers not to worry because he had a plan. He dropped out of high school, a few months before graduation, and began dealing drugs at local strip bars and night clubs. He made decent money, but it wasn't enough, so he began cutting his product with powdered sugar. One night, a dissatisfied customer shot him in the head and he died.

The second brother put his grief aside in order to care for his youngest brother. He knew better than to get involved with drugs. He had heard that you could make a lot of money by working in construction. He dropped out of school a year before graduation and started working as a builder for a new office building. His athletic body was perfectly suited to the work and he was a hard worker. He quickly became an asset to the crew. He joined a union and quickly got a pay raise. He was making good money and got along well with the other workers; he was happy. One day, hungover from too many beers with the guys while watching the game, he tripped while walking on a beam and fell twenty stories to his death.

The youngest brother was now all alone, but he didn't panic or make desperate choices. At this point, he only had a year of high school left. He continued to work hard in school, living on pasta and tuna sandwiches. He took out a loan in his mother's name to cover any unavoidable expenses. He was named the valedictorian of his class and was accepted at Harvard with a full scholarship. He graduated from Harvard in three years with a dual major in economics and english literature. JP Morgan competed with many other investment banks for the privilege of hiring him. They won him over with a starting salary of $125,000 and a company Lexus.

He moved to a nice two bedroom apartment in a fashionable part of New York City and checked his mother out of her asylum. He set her up in the apartment with a visiting psychiatric nurse. He then moved his brother's bodies to a nearby cemetary and commissioned beautiful matching headstones for their tombs. With his family taken care of, he got to work. He dedicated all his waking hours to conquering Wall Street. He became the youngest partner JP Morgan had ever had. His poor mother never spent another minute worrying that the big bad wolf was at the door.

This story was inspired by the Fiction Friday Prompt: Pick a favorite fairy tale or legend. Now briefly describe how you could update it to the modern day.


Jodi Cleghorn said...

I love this. The exchange of house for career/money earning capacity.

I know at least in Australia - the big thing was to own your own home. It meant that you had made it. Now that the market has gone crazy - I imainge the that new big thing is the job that you have ... so can see this as being a perfectly matched modern interpretation ... and another three pigs!

Daily Panic said...

I was sad that the brothers died. I liked how the wolf was the beginning trouble and disapeared with the son's success.

"He became the youngest partner JP Morgan had ever had. His poor mother never spent another minute worrying that the big bad wolf was at the door."

Paul said...

Three Little Pigs are popular! It wasn't until reading this that I actually had a think about what the lesson of that fairy tale actually is, and you've captured that lesson in a more up-to-date fashion.

I'm with Jodi, in this current market, bricks and mortar aren't what they used to be!

Joy said...

Wonderfully written and nicely interperted to the original fairy tale...

Rachael Levy said...

This was a clever, fun read. With a background in journalism, fiction has intimidated me, but I pushed ahead and put my own twist on a fairy tale. Thanks for the inspiration!

San said...

that was clever. and i love the incorporation of the wolf as a concept here.

Doctor_Norf said...

Hallo Chefduck;

Thanks for your words of encouragement on my own little fable but I think I prefer yours! Funny how we both turned it into semi-satirical jabs at the housing market!!