Bloganuary 19 Mystery – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Day19 Something Mysterious

A short story by Dezzie

“What’s so mysterious about this bit of junk? Your dreaming if you think I’m going to fall for some ‘cock and bull story’ that you just made up. I’ve got ‘bigger fish to fry’. Where’s the real stuff”?

The shop owner cringed waiting for the robber to give him a backhander again. What could he do? That beat up bit of junk sitting in the safe was exactly that, mysterious. It was like a cameleon. It changed shape. It changed colour. It hummed and flashed. It was unique. He somehow knew it would be so important one day.  

He peered up from the floor tasting a bit of blood. He could see the rage in the robbers face. It was almost comical. He chuckled to himself likening the dude to a boiling kettle. The blokes face was red hot…and was that steam coming from his ears? He admonished himself, “Man, you must have a ‘twisted sense of humour’ to be finding something comical in such a tricky situation. ‘Get a grip’ man cause you should be fearing for your life. This blokes about to ‘kick your butt’”!


The man peers up from the floor. “Huh”?

A police siren in the distance interrupts the altercation. The robber hightails it leaving the precious cargo still there in the safe. “Oh phew, thank goodness. I know its special but I’m not sure I wanted to lay down my life for a piece of junk. It may be unique but I am no Indiana Jones!”, he thought to himself.

He gets up and gives one last look at his treasure before shutting the safe door. It was precious, like the ring in Lord of the Rings. His Precious. His precious piece of junk. He felt its surface and wondered what it was. He felt a bit like Bilbo Baggins about to embark on a great and dangerous adventure.

Mystery is not really my thing. For this daily prompt I was sure to add my signature phrases and sayings into the mix.

Phrase or saying

  • One mans trash is another mans treasure – Some people see the same item valuable compared another seeing it worthless
  • Cock and bull story – questionable story. I always think of when a kid says the dog ate their homework
  • Bigger fish to fry – more important things to do
  • Twisted sense of humour – not mainstream humour
  • Get a grip – be in control of your thoughts or emotions
  • Kick your butt – beat someone up

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#true story – Old age and treachery

She was struck by a saying her boss used ‘time and again’ to tease her when she was a ‘young whippersnapper’ and still ‘wet behind the ears’.

She sat waiting for time to pass her by. Sure enough if she looked hard enough, and waited long enough, she could see each hair turning grey. She felt like ‘such an old fart’ as she scrolled through photos of the past. She reminisced through slowly wrinkling skin to the youthfulness and adventure of yesteryear. “Ah those were the days”, she thought to herself. She breathed a despondent sigh.

That sigh was short lived. She’d had an epiphany! She was struck by a saying her boss used ‘time and again’ to tease her when she was a ‘young whippersnapper’ and still ‘wet behind the ears’. He used to say “Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill”. Finally she got what he meant.

So bring on the grey hairs. Get those wrinkles pumping. She had found a new meaning and purpose. “I’m not dead yet! Granny is here. So watch out youngsters, old age and treachery here I come”.

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  • Old fart – (UK, 1940’s) someone boring and old fashioned (MacMillan Dictionary).
  • Time and again – (USA) Repeatedly
  • Young whippersnapper – (UK, 1700’s) Young person that is overly confident. Hails from the days when people cracked whips
  • Wet behind the ears – (USA 1900’s) Only recently started a new…job, career etc so inexperienced
  • Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill – (USA 1900s) David Mamet quote. Actual quote is slightly different but it means the same thing.