An unusual Loan

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“I was thinking about taking out a loan, please,” I mumbled and felt a little embarrassed. I wouldn’t be in this situation if I would have planned better.

“How much were you thinking about?” she asked while she typed all the information in the machine.

“One extra day each week for about three months,” would that be possible?

“So you want to take a loan of 12 whole days?” she asked and looked at me without a smile.

“Yes, Ma’am that would be great. I have fallen behind in my work and these 12 days would help me to catch up.” I still didn’t know how it had happened. I had been so careful, but somehow lately it seems that time can fly.

I knew what she would ask me next. I had read about it, and I was prepared.

“Do you have any collateral?” she asked, and the way she looked at me made me feel very uncomfortable.

“You mean extra time? No, not really, but I am fairly healthy, and I am only 52 years old. I thought you could take 12 days away at the end of my ย life?” I am not planning on leaving this earth before the age of 94, and by then I will probably not care if they shorten my stay by 12 days I thought to myself.

“I will have to charge you interest as well,” she informed me, and that’s when I started sweating. I was wondering about the interest rate. Surely it couldn’t be that much, after all, I was only asking for a short loan of 12 days.

“How much?” I managed to ask.

She sat there, didn’t say much, just looked at me long and hard. “You are asking for an unusual amount of time. Generally, people ask for weeks and months, sometimes even for years, only once did we have a request for a few hours,” she explained. “Double,” she said, “We will charge you double.”

“24 DAYS…that’s almost a whole month,” I cried in disbelieve.ย That was much more than I had planned to spend. 24 days that could hurt…even at 94.

“So, do you want the loan?” she asked with a smile. Oh, she knew I needed the extra time, I could tell.

I thought about it long and hard.

“No Ma’am you can shuffle it. I will work harder from now one, and I will make sure that I will never need the service of your time bank. Have a beautiful day,” I said cheerfully on my way out.

I left here confused, and it felt good.

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27 thoughts on “An unusual Loan

  1. I loved this! And I certainly know where you were coming from….besides, you made me smile…so from the ultimately power that I exert in the universe, I bestow a wish for some calm minutes, a peaceful hour or two and the hope that you are granted a day or two of rest from the powers that be. Thanks for his…nice way to start my busy day! Jo

    • It’s always an honor to make you smile. I had fun writing it.

      The story came up when I decided to make some changes. I always seem to bring myself in trouble chasing after timelines that I gave to myself. That I will stop -at least that’s the plan for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That is so clever. I love the parallels. I’m working on slowing down time and haven’t had a great deal of luck with it. It takes a lot of concentration to keep it up all day…and I haven’t recorded what’s effective either. I’m kind of glad there isn’t a time bank as I’d probably use it! Great post.

  3. I was often tempted to ask for 1 more hour a day……

    But everything comes with a price , as you say, so I kept with my usual 24 , trying to make them …thicker!

  4. I’ve always wanted to set a story in a society that uses time as money, such as seconds for cents and minutes for dollars. Time is so weird it’s nice to look at it from all sorts of angles

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