189. Tenalirama and the Boys

Tenalirama couldn't concentrate; some boys playing ball outside his house were making too much noise.
"How delightful!" he said. "You bring back memories of childhood! I'll pay you three silver coins each week to play here."
He paid them, and the boys were thrilled.
The next week, he paid just two coins. "I'm short on cash!"
The week after, he paid only one coin. "My own master hasn't paid me."
The third week, he paid nothing. "But I'll do my best to pay you next week if I can."
The angry boys deserted his street and never came back.

Inspired byFix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 37 of the book.

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