For the Love of Money
by Michael Jason Duwe
Time had dimmed the memory of that horror filled Christmas in 1955 when the old man's wife was brutally murdered. What remains now are the long lonely days and nights that John has spent without the love of his life by his side. John Rockford has lived in his large, Victorian-style house for the past 40 years by himself. He is very lonely and filled with sorrow. He was never able to find a woman to take the place of his lovely wife Becky. No woman possesses the beauty and charm that his wife had. John is a very wealthy man, his father was a wealthy man, and after his death John was the sole beneficiary. John is now worth millions of dollars, but not even this amount of money could take the place of his beloved wife. John is now old and decrepit. His skin is wrinkled and covered by the scars of aging and his hair is long, grey and thin. John has been confined to a wheel chair for several years, because of an automobile accident he was in. He desires the companionship of a young lovely, charming woman. He cries himself to sleep every night thinking about his Becky.
One day a young beautiful woman approached John's door. The woman looked very similar to his wife Becky. Her hair, her build, her smile and her eyes were almost identical to Becky's. He was in disbelief, he had finally found a woman he could love, and she was as beautiful as his deceased wife. The woman was perfect from head to toe, her name was Samantha. He fell in love with her the second he saw her. It was like he was young again, seeing her brought back many memories of his happy days. She had stopped by on accident, she had been given the wrong address of a friends house. John was very impressed by the beauty and charm of this young woman, about 25 years old. He knew she would never be interested in an old, decrepit man as himself but he was determined to make her his wife. He was friendly to her, and kept looking into her dark, enchanting eyes thinking of his beloved wife. She was embarrassed to have called on the wrong address, and apologized for the disturbance. John asked if she was dating anyone. She said that she was not involved with anyone at this time. John asked her what qualities she looked for in a man. She said that he must be kind, funny, intelligent and strong. John then asked if she would consider dating him. She laughed and told him that she would never date an old, disgusting looking man like himself. John became angry and felt enraged by the way he looked. He wanted to look young again, the way he did when he fell in love with his wife.
John knew of a radical doctor who was able to do surgery on people to transfer body parts between two individuals. He was also an excellent plastic surgeon. John went to seek the help of this doctor. The doctor told him that he knew of a person who was willing to participate in this sort of experimentation if the price was right. John wanted to meet this man immediately, so the doctor arranged for him to meet Mark. When John saw Mark he was amazed, Mark was exactly what he wanted to look like. He had a handsome face, muscular build, tall and a nice head of hair. John wanted to start the surgery process at once. The doctor told him that it would cost one million dollars to switch only the head with this young man. He also warned John that it was an extremely painful process that took time to recover from. John thought about the pain and the fact that it was a lot of money but he really wanted to be with Samantha. So he gave the doctor and Mark the one million dollars and went ahead with the surgery. After the surgery John was elated when he looked in the mirror and saw his new young, handsome face. He now thought that Samantha might be willing to see him. He felt sore but was happy to have a younger face again.
When he went to find Samantha, he wore shorts and a tank top. She didn't recognize him because of his new face. When she realized it was John she couldn't believe it. Are you nuts or what old man. She yelled at him and said that she still couldn't date him because the skin on the rest of his body is old and wrinkly and scarred with age. She told him that she could never be with an old decrepit body like his. John was disappointed by her reaction, he thought that the surgery would show her how much he wanted her. John still wasn't going to give up on the lovely Samantha. Once again he went back to the radical doctor and asked for more surgery. He wanted to receive the other mans chest, neck and arms. The doctor told him that a surgery of this nature would cost three million dollars. John went ahead and had the surgery. He felt very good about the way he looked, but the pain he felt was tremendous, it was almost unbearable. He thought now for sure Samantha would want him, but when he went to see her, she was still unsatisfied. She told him that his legs and butt were still old and wrinkled and that she would never be happy with him this way. John tried to convince her that he loved her and that he was willing to do anything for her. She just laughed and said she would never be with an old man. John once again became discouraged but he knew that if he could get new legs that Samantha would change her mind about him.
So John went to see how much it would cost to complete the process that he had started. The doctor told him that it would cost 5 million dollars. John said that he only had 5 million dollars left. The doctor said well how badly do you want this woman? John decided that he would pay the 5 million dollars so he could finally be with Samantha. After the surgery John looked wonderful. He was stronger than he had ever been and was built well. His body was perfect. Oh, how will Samantha ever be able to resist me now. I've got the face of Tom Cruise, the body of Sylvester Stallone, and the butt to match. There was no way that Samantha would now pass him up. As John approached Samantha with his new buff body his heart began to beat up into his throat. He could feel the blood rush to his face and he could feel the perspiration beginning to build up on his forehead. Finally after spending all his money and enduring all the pain from the surgery, on this new, younger, firmer body, Samantha would finally be his and he would once again be happy. John now asked Samantha if she would be interested in dating him now that he had a much younger body and she simply replied no. John thought to himself, how could this be? I have given up everything just so that she would love me and now she doesn't want me. How could I be so stupid and irresponsible? I should have known that looks are not everything. I should have known that someone like Samantha could never love someone without money. John asked her why she didn't want him? She looked away and said that she was involved with someone else. His heart fell to the floor. John asked who, and then from around the corner appeared Mark, the man he had the operation with. Mark was now old decrepit and was in a wheel chair. Speechless John muttered, I ..I .. don't understand. Samantha answered him by saying, you see, I've always longed to have someone to look after me; you know pay my bills, buy me diamonds, expensive cars, and furs to match. I have been looking for that my entire life and Mark willingly offered to give me that. But... but.. that is my money... he sputtered, not being able to finish his sentence. Samantha smiled sweetly and replied, sorry about the trouble. Better luck next time I guess, as she shut the door in John's flustered face.
Acknowledgments: I would like to thank the following people for helping me complete this fantasy story; I thank Daryl Helle for his inspiring ideas and helping me edit the paper, and I would also like to thank the entire Fantasy Writing class for all of their help with editing and adding ideas.
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