Remember, the new photo of dice for the next challenge is at the bottom of this post!
(This time I’ve gone out of order with the dice as it seemed to make a better story. Remember, with this challenge, you don’t have to go in the order the dice are … you just have to use each one!)
It’s a hard-knock life for Ronnie.
Life never was easy for him. He was a troublemaker in his early days. He loved a good scrap here and there. But Ronnie was usually never too crazy.
Somewhere along the way, though, Ronnie really lost his way in society. It wasn’t just a barroom brawl, or some drunken shenanigans — it was developing into something more.
He just didn’t seem to be getting ahead in life.
Every time Ronnie started to get somewhere, it seemed, he’d just find a way to mess it up. Like the time he was working as a night stocker at a big-box store. Somehow a dare came out of it where he’d do a handstand on a cart. Never the one to turn something down on a bet, Ronnie turned it into a way to make money.
He fulfilled the bet, but unfortunately, the cart went out of control and Ronnie crashed into an expensive display, ruining a lot of products.
Of course he ended up being fired. That was the final straw. He had nothing. He couldn’t do anything right.
He started plotting.
On a cold Monday morning, Ronnie walked in front of a bank. He covered his face and went inside, straight to a teller and passed a note saying he was robbing the bank. The teller threw all the money she had into a basket-bag Ronnie had. At the same time, she activated the silent alarm. Ronnie dashed out of the bank with the basket of money, and he thought he was all smart carrying that money, with his face still covered.
That didn’t last long.
Cops surrounded Ronnie. He tried to fight them off, but he stood no chance. Those cops have weapons and billy clubs and subdued him with too much of an issue, despite a few extra fists flying.
This was it for Ronnie.
In court, he couldn’t believe where his life had gone. The cameras showed him doing it. He had no defense. He was caught red-handed with the loot. Ronnie was done for. While the trial ended, Ronnie put his head on the table and wiped a few tears away. He had never planned on life going in this direction.
Now he was going to jail and there wasn’t anything he could do about it.
Maybe there was, though. He could still turn his life around! Maybe — just maybe — Ronnie wasn’t a lost cause after all! Maybe he could still be a good member of society!
Will he be a success story after all?
In jail, Ronnie read a lot. He studied. He was learning trades by working in the jail. He read some more and his behavior was steller! He was a model inmate and earned the right to do different things!
His few friends on the outside, as well as his family, were cheering and hoping Ronnie would find his way in this world.
Would he learn? He never did in the past.
Then came the big day. Ronnie was at his parole hearing. After being sworn in, he sat at the table and answered all of the questions. He had learned from his mistakes. He was ready to add to society. He now knows right from wrong.
When the ruling came down, his paroles was … approved! Ronnie was a free man but needed to start proving himself. As he left the hearing that day, he skipped down the steps, happy to be a free man, but he also knew he had to improve himself. He couldn’t continue doing what he used to be doing.
Did he succeed.
Ronnie walks every day now. He smiles. He often walks past that bank where he once made the biggest mistake of his life. He’ll sometimes stop and look in and drift off to a place he once was. And then he’ll continue walking to the bank’s ATM machine.
He needs money for lunch, after all.
You see, there are often happy endings. All the studying and research Ronnie did in jail helped him get ready for a community college to learn a trade. It was there he studied construction and masonry, and soon got a job with a local company. Now Ronnie’s work is some of the best in the area — and even the bank president has hired the company to do work because of how good Ronnie is.
He’s happy now, too. And Ronnie does go back into that bank — every two weeks to cash his paycheck.
It’s not a hard-knock life any more for Ronnie. It’s a good-luck life instead.
LINKUP FOR FEBRUARY 4
Story Challenge No. 3 will be posted on February 18! Here is the photo for that one (using the voyages cubes this time):
This is part of the Story Cube Challenge, a bi-monthly blogging challenge hosted here. Feel free to join up with us for the next one and tell others!