hi, everyone.

i’m in amsteg, a hamlet in the swiss alps. i make my way up here once a year because this is where i keep all my gold.

americans are not required by law to report gold stored in foreign countries.

there are gold vaults around the world, mostly secret for obvious reasons. i prefer those in switzerland because of the stability of the government and the country’s long experience handling wealth in a secure and private, very private, way.

there are a thousand idle military bunkers in the alps and a few have been converted into vaults by security companies. the vaults screen their customers and check their deposits. vault standards exceed those of companies offering safe-deposit-box services.

i agreed not to post a pic of the vault!

it’s fun to visit my gold, especially the old coins, and then go out and hit the ski slopes!

for What Pegman Saw

20 Responses

  1. Well, I bet it is fun … yet all I could visualize was Smaug … πŸ˜‰

  2. Your narrator loves to hoard, it seems. And spend a bit too. I wonder if they have anyone to share their money with? Interesting POV

  3. Interesting voice, although he/she brings up a very real problem in terms of wealthy people hiding their money instead of paying their fair share of taxes, which then puts even more burden on the rest of us.

    Although given that this person is showing a picture of “totally this is not a pic of my vault, hint hint,” it seems they might be caught at it before the others…

    • actually those who use the swiss vaults aren’t hiding their money. u.s. tax law allows you to stash your gold offshore with no tax consequences. also, the vault near amsteg isn’t hidden, like some of them are.

      but i do think the narrator, a friend of mine, is secretly feeling a little guilty, which is why he tips so much in the ski lodge.


  4. Hiding and hoarding gold! Now that’s a different POV! Well done.

  5. You’ve used the epistolary form effectively, and your narrator’s voice is convincing. This was a refreshing change from most flash fiction.

  6. I’m chuckling away. I like this take. A golden *take*away

  7. Great story, left me wishing I had gold to hide. πŸ™‚ ❀ ~Shalom, Bear

  8. Oh this is delightful. You left me wondering if maybe it wasn’t a ‘story’ πŸ˜‰

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