“The Investment” by Rafal Czarnowski, is a short story that takes place in a house, during summer. The main characters are Toby, a young boy, and Jacob, his piggy bank. Other characters that appear in the story are Toby’s parents and neighbors. The goal of Jacob is to be the rich whereas the goal of Toby is to collect enough money to buy an RC car.
Toby receives Jacob as a gift from parents. He starts saving immediately and puts the first coin into the piggy. When that coin hits the bottom of the piggy bank, it comes to “life”. It starts imagining the future when it is rich and happy.
Toby makes money by mowing the lawn, walking dogs, helping his parents. Jacob does nothing and gets all the money.
After a month, Jacob is full and he is entirely happy. He doesn’t want to lose this happiness, he knows what happens to him next. Jacob wants to escape from his destiny but he can’t move. He manages to roll down the desk and into the trash bin.
Toby looks for Jacob but he can’t find him. Jacob hears Toby sobbing and starts to regret what he did. When Toby walks out, Jacob decides to go rock the bin and return to Toby to make him happy again.
Next morning, Toby gets the toy. Jacob and Toby are happy. The message of the story is to share your happiness, be honest and truthful and don’t be greedy and selfish.