Tonight will be his lucky night. That shooting star was a sign.

Father changed the safe combination, but his fingers are blessed, holy. They can feel each click, sense when and how far to turn. He knows he’s been touched by God.

“Thank you, son, for saving our home!” he imagines his mother saying. His father will finally give him an admiring handshake. They’ll forget how close they all came to ruin.

He turns over his cards and smiles. He simply can’t lose. He throws down his grandmother’s rubies and the deed to the estate.

“See and raise you.”

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    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    11 months ago

    I hope your protagonist is still smiling at the end of the game. I love how your story leads you to thinking he’s stealing from someone else to save his family, but then you realise the truth. Nicely done

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    11 months ago

    Oh my goodness Fuji, I really want his gamble to pay off and for this to end well but there’s this little irritating shred of doubt that just won’t go away! What a cliffhanger you have given us! Your stories never disappoint! Loved it!

    Thompson Emate
    Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
    11 months ago

    This is suspense-filled, Fuji. Just like Carrie, I thought he was stealing from a safe. I hope the game doesn’t go awry. It’s a good one, Fuji.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    11 months ago

    Loved the imagery in “his fingers are blessed!” I questioned whether the gambler was being overly confident and was risking his family’s fortune. Great writing, Fuji!

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    10 months ago

    This is a great description of the mind of a true gambler. His addiction to the exciting thrill is there, just like the firm belief in “good signs” and the willingness to take huge risks. This seems to lead to a major catastrophe for him as well as for his family, Fuji. Great writing as always!

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