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A man looking like a salesman approached an old rich man’s house. The old man said to him, “I don’t believe in wasting money on useless things. In fact, I don’t buy anything at all. However, there is one exception.”
“Youth. I would give all of my money if it could return me to my youth. But of course, that’s just idle talk.”
“No no, not at all! Actually, I’m selling that medicine.” The old man leaned forward as the young man spoke.
“Impossible, I don’t believe it.”
“It makes sense that you wouldn’t know about it. Think for a moment, if everyone in the world knew of this medicine, everyone would want to drink it. But then what would happen? There would only be young people. The order would be completely thrown off. Moreover the population would explode….”
“That does seem likely, doesn’t it.”
The man lowered his voice, “that’s why the development and production of this medicine is a secret. We are covertly selling it only to people we know won’t say a word.”
The old man’s eyes lit up. “I will definitely keep that promise. By all means, please sell it to me.”
“That’s exactly what I came here for. But like I just said, because we can’t widely produce or sell it, it’s a rather expensive product. Knowing that…”
“I understand. I’ll buy it at the asking price. But of course, it is effective I assume?”
“I promise it is. If it has no effect, I’ll refund you fully. Should one find it to be insufficient, and then take legal action under the assumption of fraud, that would be a problem, now wouldn’t it. However we haven’t had a complaint like that even once.”
“That does seem believable.”
“For my reference, would you tell me why you want to return to your youth?”
After being asked by the salesman, the old man began to answer.
“I was the child in a rich family.”
“So, you had a stroke of good luck. Always smooth sailing, from then until today....”
“Actually, not so much. I think it was when I was 20…. My father died so I inherited his entire fortune. As soon as I became free to spend the money, I started up a lot of hobbies; messing around with women, drinking alcohol, I began a very self-centered lifestyle.”
“That sounds excellent. Instead of only using it to make a profit; the more you used it for fun, the more worth it had to you.”
“No, I tried to use it to make a profit, but I didn’t do a very good job of it. Gambling was primarily the start of my failure. I kept thinking, I’ll make a profit this time for sure! But while doing so, I lost it all in an instant. The only thing I had left was debt.”
“Only then did I take time to reflect. I started to realize that what I had done was wrong. I started to act like a man who had been born again. I made a fresh start from my lowly life. I quit drinking, stopped messing around, and continued working from morning until night. I worked until I was covered in sweat.”
“That’s really admirable.”
“From that time forward I continued in that manner Finally, I was able to pay off my debts and increase my fortune. Then before I noticed it, I had become an old man. Surely now you understand my desire to return to my youth.”
“I do understand. Alright then, this is the medicine. Go ahead and drink it.”
The old man drank the medicine as the salesman took the money.
“Will it take effect immediately?”
“It’s phenomenal. After you go to sleep, you should be back to your 20 year old self in the morning.”
The medicine proved to be incredibly effective. The next morning the old man was completely returned to his 20 year old self. Knowing that he had a sizeable fortune, he became addicted to drinking, women, and gambling, and before he knew it, he had used up everything.
Years of translation experience: 2. Registered at ProZ.com: Jan 2018.