cleaning up after the dead

Scribe’s Cave Picture Prompt #72

Shane Thoms provides us with a look at ‘abandoned Japan’ as well. He takes us into what looks like a decommissioned gaming establishment.”

You would think by now the ghosts would abandon the arcade. But every morning I cleaned up the piles of opened capsules for the recycling bin.

Of course, these were committed gamblers. The concourse divided after the chance machines. Casino – this way; race tracks – that way. I would add hell this way ➘

Didn’t phase them. One more pull of the lever. One more tip on a horse race. Losing betting slips strewn across the floor.

I sighed as I used a push broom to make neat piles to be collected later. I should never have taken this gig. But then, I’d lost $5,000 I didn’t have. {word count: 109}


© phylor 2015


10 thoughts on “cleaning up after the dead

    • phylor June 28, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Yep. That’s why I call the scratch off tickets scratch and lose, not scratch and win! In this place, your horse always comes dead last!


      • summerstommy2 June 28, 2015 / 9:49 pm

        You just don’t back the right horse…..the winner is in every field you know….


  1. DELL CLOVER June 28, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Oh isn’t this good!! Say, how do you make that arrow you inserted? I may never need one, but it intrigues me.


    • phylor June 28, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks. I use a blogging template, so when I want a symbol, I switch back to my word processing program, and I have a range of symbols under the insert menu. I created the arrow, then cut and pasted it to the post. I’m not a mac, and actually the word processor I use is Word Perfect — talk about old school!


      • DELL CLOVER June 28, 2015 / 8:30 pm

        Oh yeah! I’m not mac either–so if I just wrote to my Microsoft Office Word 2007, I could probably find the same symbols there. Thanks, my dear!


  2. aseriesofdreams June 28, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    If only those figures could speak, that would be something else. Interesting and informative write.


    • phylor June 28, 2015 / 8:03 pm

      It would be — they would have some very good stories to tell.


  3. HumaAq June 28, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    If these arcade games would be american(and known to me) I would have switched places with you and stacked them up at my place. Someday I will get pacman arcade machine for myself. Sorry for deviation, your story reminded me of it.
    Good story,


    • phylor June 28, 2015 / 8:02 pm

      Interesting deviation! Glad you liked the story and the picture prompt!

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