Prohibition

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“I wish you wouldn’t hang around those places,” Daisy said.

Jim sighed. “It’s not dangerous like the Feds say. We just—”

Daisy held up a hand. “Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know about speakeasies.”

“Fine. I’ll be home later.”

The early March weather was cool but sunny, unusual for Boston, and he wished not for the first time that the federal dress code wasn’t so strict. Short sleeves would have been nicer than a hat and coat.

He arrived at the grocery store, waving at Earl behind the register. Jim made a show of examining the items on the shelves before ducking through a door in the back.

“Hey, Jimmy!” Al said, slapping his arm. “You ready for the tasting?”

“What’ve we got?” Jim asked.

Al grinned. “In honor of Barry’s new baby, we’re opening the 1918 scotch.”

Jim whistled. “90 years basking in its own glory.”

“And unlike women, it gets better with age.” Al winked and poured them each a shot of the amber liquid. “Cheers.”

The scotch burned through their veins, forbidden as the fire of Prometheus.

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  1. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    I’m not a historical person, so i don’t really get the reference or anything. D:

  2. Avatar lastsyllable

    This was for the speculative fiction challenge. We were supposed to imagine how history would have been different if something had changed, so this is about life if prohibition were still around. This is US-centric, so if you’re in another country it might make even less sense.

  3. Avatar lastsyllable

    And thanks both of you for reading!

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    A subtle point but well made, slipping in the dress code as signifying that successful run of prohibition would have been only the first step in more and more federal intrusions into personal choice. And the last line is nicely poetic.

  5. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    Ah! Now I get it!

  6. Avatar lastsyllable

    It’s funny… some states actually had prohibition in place until the 1980’s, and there are still “dry” counties here and there. Those tend to be the kinds of places where they get angry at the tax man, but then want to legislate how low you can wear your pants.

  7. Avatar Paige Elizabeth

    Very well done. A nice take on the challenge. I like that is was subtle.

  8. Avatar chris Chris chris

    The last line about prometheus is also spoken of in a book called A Raisin in the Sun. Do you know of that book?

  9. Avatar lastsyllable

    I have heard of it, but it’s not a book, it’s a play. And it’s based on a poem by Langston Hughes that is awesome. Prometheus is a pretty popular symbol, used in a lot of literature since antiquity. Nothing new under the sun, not even raisins. Thanks for reading.

  10. Avatar Fuddster

    Very well done.

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