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Peddler by Adam Ickes

He arrived on the third of February, in the midst of a long, hard winter, pushing his overstocked cart. The signs plastered all over the cart claimed "miracle elixir" in fancy, flowing script. The peddler made bold claims of anti-aging and cures for everything from fever to Black Death. He promised a life free of disease with just a single gulp.

They crowded round the cart and eagerly handed over their riches in exchange for a small vial of the miraculous liquid. Before he'd disappeared, every person who could afford his wares had downed a lethal dose of ricin.

 

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Comment by K.Z. Morano on January 20, 2014 at 18:25

great ending. great job, adam :)

Comment by Sandra Crook on February 4, 2014 at 13:08

Well he wasn't lying about its properties...  Good story Adam.

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