This week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers, a photo-prompt flash fiction group
The Last Straw
Last spring Jean-Jacques heard of a looming fodder crisis over in Ireland and immediately offered French farmers a price above the going rate for straw. They sold willingly.
The crisis continued and Jean-Jacques turned over a decent profit, gleefully buying and selling more as prices soared.
That summer he stocked up. But Ireland had a boom summer with great growth.
Unlike France. Jean-Jacques watched and waited while prices rose.
With animals dying, his angry neighbours descended in force.
Jean-Jacques tried to defend his investment but a pig farmer bundled him into a trailer of bales, thinking of the fine hams he would have come Christmas.