Trifecta, Week Seventy: New Beginning

Charlie walked by the machine again; sighing he sat, dropping his last dime. The one-armed bandit gave up, belching lucky coins into Charlie’s waiting lap. Finally: a way out, a break from hunger.

A 33-word offering for this week’s Trifecta, where the prompt is

LUCKY (adjective)

1: having good luck
2: happening by chance : fortuitous
3: producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable


(20) Comments

  1. A tight, believable story, A.R. Really got to it, and loved that you used only 33 when you could have had an extravagant 333!

    I worked in a casino lounge (piano bar, worst gig of my life) and saw the upstairs. How they control the oxygen output, pumping up the O2; the free drinks; the “coolers” and strategic replacement of decks of cards when one person was doing too well. Also saw a big winner get thrown out the back after being beaten.

    So I don’t gamble. But I am happy as hell for this dude! Hard way to go, and I hope he left with “a pocket full of miracles,” just enough to keep him off the radar. They Are Watching!! So glad I found you – I’m an activist, too! Peace, Amy

    1. Thank you so much, Amy! And I love the name “Sharp Little Pencil”! Yes, I’ve challenged myself to use only 33 words for all my Trifecta/Trifextra posts 🙂

      Thank you for sharing; I had applied for a casino job about a thousand years ago, when Resorts and Caesar’s were just about the only ones in Atlantic City. Didn’t get the job, but it was and still is quite an experience to walk through a gaming floor. I was blown away the first time I saw a machine that would take your credit or debit card instead of coins or dollar bills…

  2. Now quick! Invest it all into lottery tickets just like the fools at my job! (: This is a great piece. I hope he rations his coins to make them last!

  3. If you can’t afford to lose then, you can’t afford to win. Gambling is such a tragic addiction for so many people. How it preys on their last hopes.

    1. You are certainly right about that! Anyone who thinks gambling is different than addiction to other things is quite wrong…it affects lives in very similar ways! Thank you for your insight and for stopping by!

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