Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River. A small-time crook, his biggest score came when he stole $100 from a truck stop outside Provo, Utah. A week later, thousands of government men and helicopters descended on the area. Jack figured the government was VERY angry with him. He needed a hideout. Days later he found a deep hole made by this strange conical thing. Printing on it read, “Nuclear Warhead: 13 Megaton.” Being illiterate, Jack just ignored the strange words.
He hid there for five years before missing human contact too much. He ventured to town… and folks ran away screaming. It happened every time he visited anywhere. He must still be a big-time wanted man, he figured.
Seven years later, he decided to try again. He donned a suit & tie he’d stolen. He looked in the mirror.
His 23-inch tongue flicked and wiped his dragonfly’s eyes clean.
“Nope,” he grinned. “No criminal here. They’ll never recognize me!”
Each week beginning on Monday, it’s time to finish the story. This week’s story must begin with, “Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River.” Another of Barbara Beacham’s terrific photos is the media prompt. This story is based upon the prompts. Look here for other stories based upon them: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/mondays-finish-the-story-february-2nd-2015/