Three Gates: Spoiling the Game

There is a game they used to play in grade school: “keep away.” They’d grab your hat and throw it from person to person, just as you reached your last tormentor. “Hey!” they’d say. “I don’t have it any more!” And you’d run to the next one, who would throw it, and grin. And on and on.

One day, I tired of the game. Got to the last guy who had my hat, and when he grinned at me, I punched him in the stomach. Got to the next one, and when HE threw my cap, I hit him in the face. The third guy gave me my hat.