Dee and Dou were best friends and did almost everything together. The friendship of the two young women had developed and got very close over a five-year period which earned them nick names Dee and Dou.
The mega million dollar lottery fever was contagious in the air and was on everyone’s mind who had a dream, a need or a goal or so it seemed. It was supposed to be one of the biggest lotto draw ever.
Dee was definitely purchasing lotto tickets as she usually do every Friday morning and was one characteristic the two girls didn’t share. Even though Dou would accompany her best friend she was never tempted to buy the lottery instead she would make fun at Dee each time she lost her money to the game.
Today the line in Arty’s Quickstop Convenient Store was extremely long. The crowd was thicker than ever and Dou’s impatient, nagging voice was unending. Finally Dee breathe a relieving sigh as it was her turn to make her purchase. Not risking any chance she spent five hundred dollars on lottery tickets. After all it was the mega million she thought and coaxed Dou for the first time to buy as well.
“Christ a mega million draw, try your luck girl, anything can happen.” Dee urged.
“Me never carry any money.” Dou replied in a wishful tone and suddenly had a feeling for the first time. Strange she thought and shrugged it off.
“Here… this all a have left.” Dee handed her one dollar and hissed her teeth in disbelief. “Damn cheap not even a dollar you don’t walk with Dou.”
“Alright, alright Dee I’ll give you back your dollar as soon as we return home.”
“Please, I never thought I ‘d live long enough to see you agree with me to buy lotto huh.” Dee giggled in amazement.
“Numbers?!” The cashier barked at them, getting very impatient now.
“Omg! machine, quick pick.” Dou blurted out giggling uncomfortably as the crowd got more restless than ever. Dou clutched the single ticket and the two women hurried out of the store under angry scrutiny.
Saturday morning as usual Dee would go next-door to Dou’s bedroom window and wake her up and the two young women would sit down under the same tree everyday and chat.
Dee hadn’t slept the entire night and she felt listless. She couldn’t bring herself to believe that after spending so much cash she didn’t win a cent. She was all long face and disappointed.
“A just can’t believe it and I hear the winner is from Alty’s too you know.” She hissed.
Dou who was giggling at Dee’s sad face suddenly took some interest. “For real, so someone yesterday in the crowd wins?”
“Did you get any of the winning numbers? You check your ticket?” Dee demanded.
“Oops forget about that.” Dou skipped inside the house to find the ticket with Dee behind. “A never win anything anyway, that would sure be miracle.” She said doubtfully and dumped out the contents of her tote bag on the bed.
Dee held her breath as Dou handed her the ticket and waited until she matched all the winning numbers with them before she said anything. Dee stared in shock and the silence of her friend mounted her anxiety.
“What?” She asked impatiently. “Any of them match?”
Dee’s silence had stretched out longer than expected and Dou was just about to scream at her when she shouted.
“Oh mi gosh! We win Dou !!” She repeated and started to jump up and down.
“My numbers match? They match?” Dou screamed out asking.
“What with the big commotion in here, people want to sleep you know?” Dou’s bigger brother Sam stormed inside the room, he looked upset.
The two women ignored his protest and kept on screaming and jumping up and down in happiness.
“We win the lotto, see.” Dee blurted out bursting in excitement as she showed the ticket to Sam.
He snatched the ticket from her. “Who win? Whose ticket this?” He demanded and held it up.
“Mine! It’s mine!” Dou piped in defense.
“But it’s my money that buy the ticket for you so it’s half mine. Give it to me!” Dee yelled trying to snatch it from Sam and a tussle began.
“Whoaaa wait! It’s my ticket I buy it at Alty’s. So don’t bother start owning it up now that’s unfair Dee! I can’t believe the way you are acting.”
“What the…it’s half mine and it’s you who are acting surprising! You don’t even care about Lotto.” Dee was between tears and shock. ” I can’t believe this.” She kept on repeating.
“It’s mine! Mine! Dou shouted angrily and snatched the ticket out of Sam hand and slipped it in her bag.
Surprisingly an argument developed that took Dou’s parents, Dee’s parents and Sam to squash. Later on that day it took several neighbors and friends intervention to come up with a decent solution at hearing the story behind the ticket.
Dou didn’t agree with it and was fuming at all of them. They had no right to tell me what to do with my ticket she decided in a fit of temper and signed her name to the ticket. She told everyone that she was going to let things cool off for another week before she went to claim her prize. Dee was raging mad with shock and anger. In the meantime the news swept the district and outside of it like a contagious virus and the two girls were cursing at each other.
For the first time in five years the popular Dee and Dou weren’t on speaking terms. Everyone who heard the story decided they should split the 680 million dollars but Dou didn’t agree and was upset that everyone was passing their remarks and ganging up on her. She believe she had the right to make her own decision. After all it was her purchase. She didn’t owe Dee anything.
A week later Dou became famous and was on the news and her picture was everywhere. She was on television as the newest and youngest mega millionaire. Surprisingly the story about the ticket and her best friend Dee was never mentioned in the news. A couple of months later her family disappeared from the district.
Dee told everyone sadly afterwards that Dou gave her one measly million dollars, that she was forced to accept after speaking to a lawyer. She didn’t know when she was going to get over what had happened and most of all how money had destroyed a friendship she never thought she would have ever lost.