‘Closing Down Sale — Everything Must Go!’ the sign outside the small shop read. With the whole country in a recession, signs like that had become commonplace; it made Ianto sad, seeing small businesses shutting down. Soon, only superstores would remain. Ianto had always preferred smaller shops, with their individuality and variety; this had been one of his favourites.
“I can’t believe you’re closing!”
“Can’t afford to keep going any longer, the overheads are beating us.”
The following morning, the shop’s owner discovered an anonymous donor had paid all the bills for a year. The note simply read ‘Don’t give up.’