This is a short story I wrote, due to the sudden idea I had in mind (Yes I’m impulsive, I know). This story is written in dual-language : English and Bahasa. Hope you enjoy it. And please help me improve it by editing its content, because my grammar is poor. I mean really poor.
The Trickster : English Version
A man walks with quick step. From opposite direction, a boy is running while holding 3 boxes. Due to his size, the boy’s sight is blocked by the boxes. Inevitably, the boy bumped the man and crashed down. The boy winced in pain while holding his leg.
Feeling sorry, the man approach the kid.
The Man : I am sorry kid. Are you okay?
The Boy : Do I look like okay? My leg is hurt, and I am supposed to bring back the box in time.
The Man : I am truly sorry. Is there anything I can help you with?
The Boy : Yes, you should pay me as compensation. Let see, because I will fail to deliver the box in time, I will lost my payment, and you should cover for it.
The Man : Ah, its okay. How much is it? (The man checks out his wallet and give $5 to the kid). Is this enough?
The Boy : Are you kidding me? You should pay me $50 for your mistake.
The Man : $50? That is ridiculous, and it is not my mistake in the first place. You are the one who running and bump me.
The Boy : No. It is clearly your fault, because I deliver these boxes everyday, and never bump anyone before.
The Man : Okay, how about another compensation. I will pay you $10, and talk to your boss.
The Boy : No way. How about we decide it with a game. Because I have 3 empty boxes here, you will put $50 inside one of the box. You did it without my knowing. And then I will guess which box contains money. If my guess is correct, the money is mine. If it is wrong, the money is yours.
The Man : (Thinking quickly and realize that the game is in fact in his favor). Okay that is a fair game. Lets do this.
The Boy : Ah, because the boxes is mine and I know it better than you. I will put $20 inside it too, so the game is now fair for both of us.
The Man : (What a fool! He doesn’t even know he is at disadvantage). Seems fair for me.
The Boy : Okay, Now I will turn my head back, and you put your money. (The Boy then turn his head back).
The Man : Done. Now one of the boxes contains $70 money. Your turn.
The Boy : Let me think. Because each box have different color. The First box is Black, the second Box is Yellow, and the third box is Blue. I am sure that the money is in either Black or Yellow Box, because you wear black suits and yellow tie. But I am still not sure which one it is.
The Man : Hahaha, you got me (Hahaha, he really is an idiot. He tries to choose the box based on my clothes.)
The Boy : Wait a minute, is there something you hide for me Sir? Because I think you are cheating.
The Man : I am not cheating. I’m just amazed how stupid you are. You don’t understand a simple Math, do you? Because there is 3 boxes, and only 1 correct box. My chance of winning is 2/3, while yours only 1/3. Which mean I already win this game before it even begin.
The Boy : Ahh, that makes sense. But now the game is not fair, and I want it to be fair. We should modify the rule. You must reveal one of the box that didn’t contain money. So now both of us have 1/2 chance to win.
The Man : What ? You can’t change the rule after the game is played.
The Boy : And you should tell me that math before we began. But you didn’t. So you are trying to dupe me, and you still call yourself a man. I only want to make the game fair for both of us.
The Man : Allright. (The man is annoyed, but his pride as a man force him to play along). I reveal that the First Box (the black one) is empty. Now you have 50% chance to win and lose, the same as me.
The Boy : So the black box is empty. So it means the money is inside the yellow box. But, because you are trying to make the game fair, I will appreaciate that. I will let you win. My choice is the Third Box, the blue one. And it is final.
The Man : (A bit confused, the man reveal the third box, and it actually contains money inside it).
The Boy : Wow. It seems that God agreed with me, that you should pay me. (The boy then happily take the money and walk off).
The Man is confused, angry, and amazed at the same time.
Meanwhile, the boy walk with a big grin on his face. he then whispered to himself.
“I don’t understand Math he said. Hahaha, what a fool. Math actually proves that I already win the game before it even started. Another easy money for me today. Hahaha”.
Inside a car, a mysterious man watch the boy. “That was his third victim for this week. So that was the kid my boss told me about. Interesting. Let see what you do next, Kuro”.
To be continued …
The Trickster : Bahasa Indonesia
– Coming Soon-