The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood. Alton Thomas surveyed his handiwork. The staid townsfolk thought him foolish, but he ignored them. When a train derailed with a boxcar load of driftwood collected after some hurricane in the Florida Keys, he’d offered to buy it.
“Alton, what in god’s good name are you going to do with that ugly wood,” the mayor asked, shaking his head.
“I’m going to build me a building just for fun.”
It took two long years but in 1899 the final chunk of wood was nailed in. The last words put up were Camp Skagway No 2. The mayor asked, “What’s the AB for and why the camp?
“A for me, B for my best friend Ben, met at Camp Skagway when we were twelve. He died in the war. Thought it’d be fitting to name the saloon after the camp. Come on, let me buy you a drink.”
Word count: 149
Written for the wonderful writing challenge, Mondays Finish the Story. Each Monday, Barbara Beacham posts a picture prompt, along with the first line of the story. The stories must be between 100-150 words and must include the given first line, shown in italics in the story.
Special thanks to Barbara Beacham for sharing her excellent photography skills to provide such challenging prompts. Check out the MFTS blog… some great short stories posted. https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/
Direct link to this week’s stories… http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=564276