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Reed College had been exhausting. Shailan had spent the last four years trying to live up to his father’s academic legacy and it had drained him. Now with his degree in business he was expected to join his father’s cement conglomerate as Vice President of Operations. His path was set.
Shailan appreciated his father but wasn’t all to enthused about the cement business. Sure the money was good, the cover was good but he felt that he still wanted some time for himself before he became his father’s protégé. After spending most of his spare time leading up to graduation pleading with his father to let him take a year off after college and find himself his father reluctantly agreed…to give him one month.
It wasn’t much but it was something and Shailan planned on using it well. As he finished cleaning out his dorm and shipping his belongings home he grabbed his backpack threw it on his vintage Harley and left Reed for the final time.
His plan to start his month of freedom was simple. He was going to take the trip he had always wanted to down the coastal highway 101 to San Francisco, slowly stopping wherever the scenery told him to.
After a full day breathing in the salt air Shailan decided to stop in Eureka, Ca. for the night. He had heard of a biker bar there that was known for the vintage Harley’s that were always parked outside and wanted to take a look and maybe have a little fun as well. A couple of hours and a few pops later Shailan found himself in a money game of billiards against a large, unkempt biker by the name of Tiny. For a moment Shailan thought to himself that the idea of coming to the bar and betting money on pool was probably a stupid idea, but just a moment. He was after all starting his month of freedom. They had been playing for about an hour he and Tiny. Each game Shailan lost he upped the stakes. Ten, twenty, forty…now a two hundred dollar game. All the time Tiny enjoyed taking his money.
As the eight ball fell into its home and the cue ball careened safely to the side, Shailan looked up from his cue and smiled. Maybe he shouldn’t have ran the table but he was so tired of throwing games. Tiny lost his mind. He reached into his waistband behind his back and pulled out a .45. As the gun drew into the air Shailan readied himself. Just as the barrel came to be pointed directly at his head a man jumped through the pass through window ran across the table tops and hurled himself at Shailan, knocking him to the floor.
The bullet whizzed by the men and lodged itself in an old jukebox. The men looked at each other, still lying on the ground.
“I’m Brajjit, thought you might need a hand” said the mystery man with the ninja like reflexes.
“I totally had this man.” said Shailan.
“Well we are in it now” said Brajjit. And the men rose from the floor back to back.
As bikers bled and fists flew Brajjit and Shailan developed an instant chemistry. Although there styles differed they each grew to respect the shear skill of the other and even began to anticipate each others moves.
As Brajjit smacked the last mans skull hard off the bar top he looked around the room. While none of the bikers were dead all of them were just injured enough to prevent them from fighting back.
“Well, that was fun,” said Brajjit, “I guess I don’t wash dishes here anymore.”
Shailan laughed. “Well if you don’t have any plans I think I am done playing pool here and am on my way to San Francisco if you want to tag along?”
‘Why not, let me grab my stuff, it’s on my way back to my Mom’s place anyway. My ex took my car tho, it’s a long story.”
“Grab a bike Brajjit I have you covered.”
Brajjit picked a nice Harley from the group and Shailan threw more than double the bike’s worth at the bartender who was just pulling himself of the floor.
“Make sure whoever owns the bike with the purple skull on the tank gets this” he said and they headed south.
(To be continued…)
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