It all started at the old pub belonging to Jack Martin. The Jokers pub
has been empty for more than two years, there is stood faded and
detached, away from the lights and next to a canal. Its gloom was
added by foliage gone wild. A few windows had been shattered and its
once open doors were now boarded by rotting timbers covered in rolls
of moss and unsuspecting fungi. The undergrowth was tall and trees hid
the upper floor. Inside hung tattered curtains stained with years of
An equally worn patterned carpet was partially covering the lounge bar
floor. A couple of chairs were stacked in the corners; they were
covered in the same vinyl fabrics as used in the fifties. The mahogany
bar where Jack stood broad to serve his customers still held its
character although was without liquor and glasses. Just dust and an
odd broken ashtray remained.
Rumour had it that Jack Martin slowly drank himself to death. Anyone
who knew him spoke of his huge character, his dirty jokes, the sly
wink and the ability to drink whisky with his cronies all night and
still arise to open the bar the next day. ‘Full of life’ he was known
In the pub more than just drinking happened. Card tables for illegal
poker were notorious and many a fight had taken place for reasons too
grim to discuss.
It was the only place for me to go that I could forget my mundane day.
After all I needed the odd smoke after a day with the odd bunch at the
factory. I liked to go to the pub and imagine the scenes of the men
drinking. I sometimes even took a small bottle of scotch on a Friday,
which was my treat.
My visits first began when I found an...
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...his was your domain, but not anymore.
They may have buried me in fifty-six but the balance of power I now
The voice came from a misty figure. I shook, I trembled, my secret was
not my own.
“Yes my dear friend Jack, or should I call you Jon? Take a deep
breath, there’s no more breaths in for me. Yes you may have enjoyed
spending my money when you cheated at the poker games, but I now have
the power. The shockingly, horribly sudden power too find you and pay
you back for your dirty tricks. I knew it was you Jack, when you had
to put that old fiver back into your wallet.”
Then came deathly silence, the figured drifted upwards but hovered. I
was paralysed with terror. My human blood ran cold for I knew in my
heart this was only the beginning. The beginning of a gruesome
Or was it surreal?
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