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|The Bailout Plan (standard:fantasy, 5935 words)
|Author: Rattan Mann
|Added: Mar 12 2010
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|A story inspired by the global economic meltdown
The Bailout Plan A short story Rattan Mann ( firstname.lastname@example.org) Prof. Dr. Rattan Mann alias Madoff Mann alias Mad Mann, the head of the Global Reserve Bank, had a solid game-plan without having the least idea of what the game was or what the plan was. He also had an infallible rescue plan, again without knowing who was to be rescued and from whom or where. Unfortunately that was not all. In exactly twenty-four hours he had to appear before the Senate Committee on Capitol Hill with a fool-proof plan to stop the beautiful and lovely Miss Money from falling into a black hole and disappearing from the face of Mother Earth. If he failed to do so, senator Kennedy would lynch him publicly, and that would be his end. So it would be an understatement to say that he was in a fix. Like the world around him, he was actually in a state of nervous meltdown. Suddenly he jumped up from his sofa, ran pell-mell out of his mansion as if it was on fire, and started skipping and jumping, singing and dancing on Main Street. When he was tired of it, he started weeping and slapping his own face. It was obvious even to a child that, like a new-born baby, he was trying to attract maximum attention. And indeed he was! Suddenly he had hit upon a bailout plan which was as follows: If he succeeded in attracting enough attention, a crowd of good folks of Main Street would gather around him. In this crowd at least one guy would be clever and clairvoyant enough to read his mind, see his problem, and as befitting a great guy from Main Street, hand him over a nicely bound copy of “The Perfect Bailout Plan” which he could then hand over to the ever-nagging guys of Capitol Hill. In other words, somebody had to bail him out first so that he could then bailout the rest of the world. Unfortunately, things did not turn out the way he had expected. As soon as they saw him coming, people on Main Street started running away from him. Children left their game, and rushed to take shelter behind the next block. They were screaming “Uncle Mann has come back, uncle Mann has come back! Don't panic, but be careful. Run before you get hurt!” as they ran. Ladies who were sunbathing, picked up their belongings and ran after the children. The very old ones were helped by their sons and grandsons. A Chinese couple who was coming in his direction, froze in their track, started talking to each other and pointing in every possible direction, stole a last glance at him to see what he was doing, and finally pointed to a shop at some distance and started walking towards it as if they had forgotten to buy something. This polite Chinese couple had gone through all this rigmarole because they did not want to give the impression that they were running away from Prof. Dr. Mann whom they knew very well. Very mysteriously, even cars stopped coming his way and within minutes the Main Street was completely deserted – there was not a soul on it except Prof. Dr. Rattan Mann Not Born In USA. Prof. Dr. Mann Not Born In USA had no one to blame except himself for this unfortunate turn of events. Sometime back he had landed on the Main Street with the same publicity stunt in mind. Words spread like Californian wildfire that the Wizard of Wall Street had landed on the Main Street along with his consort, the beautiful and lovely Miss Money. A huge crowd gathered round him. Instead of lecturing them in economics, he started singing and dancing with Miss Money. The crowd loved it. The Czar of Wall Street was one of them. He spoke their language and sang their songs. He understood their mood, their feelings, their aspirations and dreams. An old, black woman started dancing with him and singing Hallelujah. Joe, the plumber, rushed to shake his hand and called him a true American Hero even though he was Not Born in USA. An Apache Indian made him the Click here to read the rest of this story (529 more lines)
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