Maybe money CAN buy happiness...

Hello.  I’m Mallory Green—an ironic last name once you learn my story.  I grew up in the foster system, so I’ve had a laundry list of surnames in my relatively short life.  Then I got married (a colossal mistake) and acquired yet another name I’m currently trying to rid myself of.

Green is supposed to be lucky—four-leaf clovers, the luck of the Irish… the literal color of money and prosperity.  But you couldn’t prove it by me.  I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t pinching pennies and dreading opening my mailbox full of overdue bills.  I’m in debt up to my unplucked eyebrows over a college education I couldn’t finish, a multi-level marketing business my ex convinced me was a good idea, a lemon car that hasn’t run since a month after I drove it off the lot, and vet bills for my inherited French bulldog Nessie, among other things.

As a result of my accumulated poor financial decisions, I’m working round the clock:  during the week, I’m a receptionist at a soulless office building, on the weekends I waitress, and most nights I pull the late shift at the GiddyUp GoMart.

To-date I’ve been unlucky in life, in love, and in fortune.

But that all changed the day my numbers came up—literally.

Can money buy happiness?  Friend, I’m SO ready to find out!

 

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September 25, Friday

Lynette Shift gave me a bolstering smile as we took our places at the defendant’s table, but I could tell she was as worried as I was.  I hadn’t eaten since yesterday and hadn’t slept since the day before.  Ryan had called but I wouldn’t see him… I was drained and trembly.

Trent, on the other hand, looked handsome and relaxed as we waited for the judge to emerge and render her verdict.  He turned and blew a kiss to Mikala, who sat in the gallery.  The gesture of affection shook me to the core—never in our five-year marriage had he blown me a kiss.  I would’ve remembered because I would’ve cherished it.

When the door opened and the judge appeared, my attorney had to help me to my feet.  Since the judge didn’t make eye contact with me, I had a bad, bad feeling about the outcome.

I was right.

“While the defendant made a strong argument for not revealing the existence of a lottery ticket worth approximately fifty-two million dollars, the fact remains that the couple was still married when the wife acquired the ticket with money that was a shared resource of the marriage.  Georgia community property law is clear on this matter, so in the matter before me I find for the plaintiff.  The proceeds of the winning ticket will be split, fifty-fifty.”  She banged the gavel.  “Case closed.”

Trent’s side of the courtroom exploded in a frenzy.  Just like that, my net proceeds from the jackpot went from seventeen million to about eight million, give or take.

With one more lawsuit to go. ~

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