What Happened to the Tips?

Posted: December 21, 2016 in Friday Fictioneers
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The last light-hearted story I attempted to write turned out to have wife-beating and kidnapping as key features. So, today I have paid particular attention to making a feel-good story for Christmas. The picture that inspired the story was provided by Roger Bultot and posted, as usual, by our fairy blog mother, Rochelle. Thank you both.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Everyone declared Lizzie the best dang gal they’d ever met.
Best gal. Worst gal. Lizzie didn’t care what they called her.
She always worked hard: serving coffee, wiping tables, taking guff.
The townspeople were poor, so she never expected tips
but not one goll durn patron left a tip for over 5 months.
How’s she gonna’ get by?
Those quarters were Lizzie’s bus money. Shoot.
She’d been walkin’ to the diner for a month.
Lizzie flipped the lights. Locked up.
Outside sat a good-looking used car
festooned with balloons.
The tag dangling from the longest string read,
“Merry Christmas! Lizzie-Girl!”




  1. I LOVE this. Adore random acts of kindness ❤

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  2. Wonderful… it’s like she had saved up for those tips… a merry Christmas sweetness.

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  3. Caerlynn Nash says:

    Aw… it does sometimes pay to work hard and be nice. Lucky Lizzie! Great story. Heart warming!

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  4. Dear Alicia,

    Now that’s a sweet story. It sounds like they’d been saving those tips themselves with purpose. Nicely done.



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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Awww, great happy ending! Well done 🙂

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  6. rgayer55 says:

    Aww, you went from murder to mush, Alicia. I’m always a sucker for heartwarming stories, especially at Christmas. This could be on the Hallmark Channel. Now, where’s my Kleenex.

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  7. Sandra says:

    Aww, just the right time for a feel-good ending. Loved it.

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  8. draliman says:

    Yay! A happy Christmas tale with no kidnappings or anything 🙂

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  9. Danny James says:

    Now that’s a big tip!


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  10. wmqcolby says:

    In Kansas City, we have a Cars For Christmas program that gives away a car to a needy family. Lizzie is very typical of some of them.

    Have Merry Christmas, Alicia, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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  11. Thanks for the Christmas cheer.

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  12. Dahlia says:

    That was heartwarming – thank you and Merry Christmas 🙂

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  13. k rawson says:

    Loved it. Great voice & I can totally see her. Great tip indeed.

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  14. subroto says:

    A heartwarming story. Nicely done.

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  15. yarnspinnerr says:

    A very neat Christmas tale.
    Happy Holidays.

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  16. plaridel says:

    great story. just in time for the holidays.

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  17. Lucky Lizzie!! What a lovely ending for a story told at this time of year. I had to stop by to see what you did with the tips 🙂


  18. Great story that really warmed the heart, Alicia. I hope you had a good Christmas and have a good New Year 2017. 🙂 — Suzanne

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