Prompt~ 33 – 333 words using ‘Phantom’ (noun)
He laughed. He tried to control but the more he tried more he laughed. Ripple after ripple ran through his fat belly; one could see his belly shake under the shirt. He rolled from side to side on the settee. Even his fat thighs rippled with mirth. It was an ungainly sight to see the pale, hairless fat man laughing with his whole body.
The fat man was laughing at me. I had lost a big bet to him and did not have the money to pay him. It had seemed pretty certain that the local champion would make mincemeat of the puny outsider. It was not to be and in the process the fat man had his revenge.
He would pester me till I paid him and generally ensure that I avoided him, besides he had the chance to tarnish my reputation in the small town. He would rule the pool room now.
The incidence occurred more than a decade ago. Unable to pay the debt, I left the town to avoid more humiliation. I would run and hide even if I heard a titter. A clairvoyant cured me; he showed me the fat man crying for mercy as he was tortured by demons in hell.
Even today, the phantom of the laughing fat man haunts me at the faintest hint of ridicule. However, it has been responsible for my success as a reliable business man. I cover all type of bets – also called satta in India.