When the coins started to fall from me, it was more annoying than anything. I kept checking my pockets for holes. Holding my purse tighter to my body. Unzipping and rezipping my wallet. But I still couldn’t find the source. And that money just kept falling.
I didn’t want to deal with it. It was so infrequent I thought I could learn to ignore it. And the denominations were so small. A penny here. A nickel there. I forced myself to block it out, the ping of coin on concrete, the helpful voices pointing out my loss. I figured it was just some weird phase I was going through. Something I could afford to disregard. But the morning I filled the bathtub with quarters as I loofahed I knew I had to start paying attention. I knew what I really needed was help.
Nobody wanted to help me, though. I was hugely popular. With all this money rolling off me, I was far too valuable to repair. But it quickly became obvious that the coins I minted weren’t right somehow. It was easy enough to spend them but you never really ended up with anything. You couldn’t tally them into a lasting sum. You couldn’t save them. They had this semblance of purchasing power but a strange absence of worth.
The people who’d just been hanging around for the quick cash grab slipped away pretty quick. My true friends stuck around longer, tried to help sort me out. But even they eventually tired of my predicament. The constant clattering. My mouth all jammed up with money every time I tried to speak. My skin, cold and metallic to the touch. I didn’t blame them for losing interest. I was hard to be around. Of course they left me behind.
And though I fought it for a long time I’ve finally accepted that it’s permanent. I know my limits now. I live within them. I spend my time in new places – casinos, arcades, laundromats. They’re not home exactly. But at least I’m welcome there. I’ve even got a couple of friends. A jukebox and a pop machine. Sure they’re not the greatest conversationalists. But they really seem to like me. And hey, it’s better than being alone.