I entered this dimly lit basement and this guy starts saying, “The first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is that you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!” I had heard about this place the other night when I was hanging out in the pool hall, so clearly somebody was not good at keeping secrets. I had a promising career as a mixed martial arts fighter, till that one incident and now my agent dropped me because he said he was not able to book any more fights for me. I was undefeated with a record of 4 and 0 going into my last fight and I had this guy, I was winning. I had him down on the mat and my powerful legs had him in a scissor lock and I was waiting for him to tap out. Adrenaline was running through my veins, and this rapid flatulence just took over, hey we have all done it from time to time. This was the wrong time, because the crowd watching the fight heard me blast off into this guy’s face. He tapped out immediately and now my record is 5 and 0, but that ended my career.
This guy in the basement approached me and said, “This is quite a big crowd here tonight, this place is really getting popular” and I nodded because this was my first time here and I did not know how else to respond. He started telling me how happy he was that he found this place, because he really enjoyed fighting. He looked like a fighter as I saw that he had several noticeable bruises, a few missing teeth and it appeared like his nose was broken. He said that his name was Joe and that he was happy to be part of this masculine rebellion against the confines of society. I told Joe that my name was Jim and that I had been a student of martial arts since I was a teenager. Joe asked, “How many people did you tell?” I responded, “I know how to keep my mouth shut and I understand that it is never any good to let the cat out of the bag or let anything else out for that matter.”
Written for Randomness Inked Scribbling the Unspoken Let it Bleed Weekly Prompt Challenge 17, where the prompt today is “How many people did you tell?”