“The Rich Kid”

copyright Roger Bultot

(photo copyright: Roger Bultot)

Last summer, Daddy bought him a Dufour 36 sail and a fiberglass runabout for puttering around the harbor. The four-hundred horses he attached to the stern of the small boat sent it straight to Davy Jones’ locker.
This summer, Daddy gifted him a 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider. Cost: two-hundred-and-seventy big ones. On his maiden voyage, he made 0 to 62 in three seconds then tried for the top speed of 198.
No race car driver, he wrapped it around a tree. A live power line was cut. It fell and snaked around his neck.
According to witnesses, the fireworks were spectacular. 

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. August 16, 2013.)

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36 Responses to “The Rich Kid”

  1. Sandra says:

    I think the gene pool just lost a real heavyweight… 😉 Made me grin vb.

  2. Dear VB,

    And another one bites the dust. i loved this story of the kid with more money than brains.



    • vb holmes says:

      We all know folks like this–they’re good for a laugh until their actions cause problems or end tragically. (I like the pen icon–hopefully we’ll get more constructive comments as a result).

  3. So much for life in the “fast” lane.

  4. misskzebra says:

    That’s one adrenaline junkie who ended up taking an overdose.

  5. Linda Vernon says:

    That guy was as blessed in death as he was in life. Let us pray.

  6. *sizzle sizzle crack*
    expensive toys can be trouble

  7. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    One thing this story was missing: Ferris Bueller narrating the crash and talking about how Cameron was going to lose it. Maybe that’s just me — whenever I hear ‘Ferrari’, I think Ferris.

  8. neenslewy says:

    A tale of excess… always hated the fact my parents couldn’t buy me a car… maybe I should now be grateful? 😉

  9. Dear VB,

    You’d think Daddy would’ve put his foot down after the first wreck. Someone has a problem: too much money, too few brains which is passed from one generation to the next. Good one at any rate.



    • vb holmes says:

      I agree–too many men and women live vicariously through their sons and daughters and encourage irresponsible decision-making with their excess of financial support and their blind-eye guidance,

  10. Hi V.B.,
    A good story of the dangers of excess. I had a cousin whose parents lavished him with expensive stuff, and guess what, he died young. Ron

    • vb holmes says:

      Believe it or not, I was there for the sinking of the runabout–I can’t actually remember how many horses, but the outboard took it straight to the bottom when the boat was launched. That story is still good for a few laughs.

  11. Jan Brown says:

    Great story, very Darwinian. Dies young, does not contribute to the gene pool.

  12. vb holmes says:

    That’s assuming he hadn’t already acted irresponsibly in that way. I’m afraid I don’t give the young man much credit for good behavior.

  13. unspywriter says:

    Ah, such irony. Worth a chuckle, even in the face of blundering tragedy.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/socratic-method/

  14. kz says:

    sad and so real… right now, i fear someone i know is heading that way.
    great final line 🙂

  15. rgayer55 says:

    I guess you could say he went out in a blaze of glory–a real attention hog and crowd pleaser right up till the end.

  16. Dee says:

    A case of too much money, too little brains! You can’t buy love and affection from your children, or live your life again through them and your story displays that perfectly. Well written as always VB

  17. vb holmes says:

    Many thanks, Dee–I’m glad the message came through..

  18. pattisj says:

    Wealth is wasted on some. That boating incident would be quite memorable, I imagine a look of bewilderment. I would have been sentenced to riding the bus until I could buy my own transportation after that.

  19. JackieP says:

    Rich does not always equal smart. In my experience usually doesn’t with the kids. Felt sorry for the boat and car.

  20. brian miller says:

    yikes…i bet they were….fancy toys can def make for great messes…and carelessness as well with a devil may care attitude….

  21. So difficult with those expensive toys … it’s sucks to be rich.

  22. annisik51 says:

    Poor little rich kid story. My husband and I are doing up an Albin Vega. I hope not to meet Davy Jones. 🙂

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