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The Price of Success

Rivka Small

“You expect me to pay $2 to have you sprinkle sand all over me?” I was suspicious. I was outraged. I was also — though I would never have admitted it — intrigued. Had Shimmy lost his marbles?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The four of us were huddled around Shimmy, on the sidewalk outside school before the first bell rang. Shimmy was holding a small, ornate box that fit perfectly in the palm of his hand and was filled with what looked like a very white variety of sand. He had just offered me a sprinkle for $2. “That’s the way it works,” Shimmy explained. “I sprinkle sand on you — after receiving $2, bills preferred over change. Then you are able to do whatever you try to, 50 percent better than you would otherwise be able to do it. Understand?” “Sure,” I answered. “Why would you ever try to pull a scam that’s meant for six-year-olds on 12-year-olds?” Shimmy smiled a little as he shook his head, holding the box firmly so not a single grain would spill. “Just ask Motty.”

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