This is my entry for the Monday’s Finish the Story (MFTS) challenge. Here’s the photo provided for which I’ve written a 174-word flash fiction story.
Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattlesnake River.
Belinda worked in the brothel next to the Snake Eyes Tavern.
Vivian watched their special relationship, watched him come to her room late at night. Jack was handsome, a bad boy, and charming.
One day, Vivian asked, “Why do they call him Diamond Jack?”
“He’s a shining star burning bright in the night.”
That made the ladies talk! If he was so special, they wondered, why didn’t they marry and leave this place?
Jack must be wealthy. Everyone knew he robbed trains and banks, but no one ever saw him spend money. Belinda purchased only dresses and cheap jewelry. She always look fine, and many men chose her despite graying hair and fine lines around her eyes.
One Sunday morning, without warning, Belinda and Jack disappeared.
About a year later, Vivian received a letter postmarked Kansas City. Belinda and Jack had built the state’s first home for the aged. Their parents, William and Elizabeth, were the first residents, receiving special care for long-term illnesses.
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