3rd London dispatch:
So the young American outlaw, Road, sat at a picnic table in London, witnessing a game of checkers ‘tween the two ghosts, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi.
The two checker players were adversaries when India wrestled its independence away from the British Empire years before. Churchill had kept throwing Gandhi into jail. And Gandhi had kept getting out.
“Check,” said Winston in late August, 2011. A triumphant gleam paraded across his translucent eyeball.
“This is checkers. Not chess,” countered Mahatma, squinting merrily. He took two of Winston’s kings with a lesser man.
“Damn all the nations!” cursed the old World War II pal of FDR.
And so the game progressed. Road watched intently. People jostled around Trafalgar Square. The fountain dew-ily geyser-ed nearby in the August sunshine.
“So what do you guys think about the recent riots?” suddenly sparked Road…
(to be continued)