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    “Who says money can’t buy you happiness,” I said as I hit send. It was done. In a few moments, I would get confirmation. Then my brother would pay.

    Not literally pay. I wasn’t taking money form him. He didn’t even have any money left over after bills and rent and stuff.

    I mean pay as in emotionally. He’d pay for all those years of teasing in school just because I was a little socially awkward. Pay for taking my stuff and giving it back broken or dirty, if he gave it back at all. Pay for the years of making fun of everything I liked, especially those times when he got his friends in on it.

    Now, he was going to feel everything I ever did, because I knew his dirty little secret. I knew what he hid from all his cool friends all throughout high school. All those years of teasing me for liking fantasy games, and here he was secretly playing World of Warcraft.

    Yes, he was going to pay all right. I was going to destroy him, just as soon as the confirmation came in. Then I would have my maxed out character and I would find and trounce him. I would trounce him at everything.I would join his guild. I would make him look weak. I would humiliate him. Then I would post all about it online. I would take away every last bit of joy out of the game, just like he took it out of so many things for me.

    All I needed was the confirmation.

    And there is was.

    Grinning, I logged into my new account, ready to hunt him down.

Flash Fiction Month day 24. Done to the prompt "Money can't buy happiness, but it can kill your brother and that's the same thing" by bookcrusher. I decided not to use literal killing but killing someone's joy in something. Originally, I had the title as the last line but I kind of liked it being the title. I'm not sure it was the best way to spend that kind of money, but vengence can make it seem like it.

squanpie Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job on getting through the prompt without having to actually kill anybody! It's made for quite an interesting story, too - with rather less than heroic protagonist. I can hear the whiny little rant voice from here. :D
(Of course, no doubt it was alllll his brother's fault, he had it coming, yadda yadda!)
WindySilver Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Great work! I don't think this was the best $500 spent, but that's just my opinion; I bet that the narrator feels otherwise because now he can get his revenge.
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