O Henry...... The Ransom of Red Chief. Two men kidnap ten year old boy. He turns out to be so obnoxious that the desperate men end up paying the boy's father to take him back.
Thanks for best answer. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.
The Pearl, John Steinbeck, it's short sweet and sad.
I came, I saw, I conquered
i won the lottery. the end.
can always try the short story "the lottery" (its an actual short story, not part of my wise *** answer)
I liked Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy.
Wicked Words 8 short stories.
A Clean Well Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway.