Cover Photo: Jen May
Jen May

Someone Like Sue

“We called the paper to place an ad asking if anyone had lost a wallet, an earring, and a cash wad.”

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Recently my husband and I came into a large sum of money. The way we came into it was, we found it lying on the sidewalk in the form of someone’s wallet. We also found one diamond earring nearby and a wad of cash. We took it all right home. But after touching everything for a while, we put it down on the table and called the paper to place an ad asking if anyone had lost a wallet, an earring, and a cash wad. We hoped no one would answer, but we wanted to do things the way the regulations required.

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Rebecca Curtis is an American writer. She is the author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money and has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's, NOON, N+1, and other magazines.