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Tokens of Appreciation   1520.02.14  
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Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
Rai helps a young customer select a gift.
Posted: 02/01/11      [2 Comments] ~ 740 words.
 

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When the bell over the shop door jingled, Rai lifted his head from unpacking a box of spice jars. "May I help you?" he called politely.

A small voice piped from waist level, "I'm shopping for my gramma. I heard this was a good place to shop. Will you help me pick something out?"

"I certainly will," said Rai, holding out his hand. "Come over here." Footsteps pattered on the wooden floor, bringing with them the short yellow blur of his customer. "Do you have your token?"

"Yes, Shopkeeper." A small disc dropped into his hand.

Author's Notes

This story came out of the May 12, 2010 Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from Valdary regarding tokens. In addition to cash, which people can spend anywhere they wish, the Empire also uses a variety of more specific credits. One of these involves businesses giving their employees tokens which can be redeemed at a certain level of shop, or for a certain amount or type of merchandise. This encourages citizens to shop in stores suited to their budget. Of course, astute shopkeepers find ways to bend the rules in a good cause. Rai has a sweet spot if you approach him just right.


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