Made It! by Ian Fletcher

Jack arrives, flaunting his Armani shirt. He’s made it in the 40 years since high school.

Three pints later, he’s bragging to Ian and Larry about his barrister’s job and BMW.

“So how’s teaching?” he gloats.

“Pays the bills,” says Ian.

“Still acing the crosswords?” Jack says, seeing Ian glancing at one on his smartphone.

“Yeah, this clue’s a bugger though.”

“What is it?” asks Jack.

“Crusoe stuck, begins with ‘m’, 8 lett…”

“Marooned!” Jack booms, now even beating the Oxford guy at his own game.

“Mine’s a Heineken,” says Ian to Larry’s laughter.

Jack, flummoxed, is all at sea.

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