This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.
Photo credit: Etol Bagam
The Journey to Manhood
It was illegal you see. To operate what was simply called a ‘gambling den’ but that represented so much more to many men. To smoke cigars inside had become somehow uncivilised punishable under law. To lay bets on games of pool, as if that would somehow undermine society.
So our response was to set it all up on a bus that moved continuously from state to state. With invites that were secret and accompanied by serious oaths of silence. No one wanted to lose this important symbol of manhood.
Once on board the bus, there was no leaving until the pre-destined stop. The stops were determined by the bus driver that no passenger could access. The bus continued on its journey bringing more men from servitude to law and country into a place they were once more kings.
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I decided this could be a photo of a bus because of the shape of the roof. The whole room reminded me of the interior of a bus that hubby’s father built for his family. At certain angles it just looked like a room in an ordinary house.