Online stories - Shaky Averages

ZamanTo them what friendship meant was helping each other out when it suited them. If it suited them differently they would just as easily stab each other in the back. How that worked out was that Abdul and Zaman would team up to put down all the other servants but Abdul would do whatever he had to do to stay as head servant, while Zaman was trying to learn all Abdul’s tricks and become head servant himself.

Zaman didn’t yet have as silver a tongue as Abdul – though it was becoming more silvery by the day – but he wasn’t quite as lazy as Abdul. So in the month the servants had had to sell camels he had actually gone to the camel market three times! Using his slightly silvery tongue, he had managed to sell five camels on one visit to the market, then eight on another and then seven on his last visit.