Lesson Learned in Las Vegas by Amy Greta
Write A Modern Fable writing prompt entry
I was in Las Vegas with my boyfriend who was out playing golf, leaving me to enjoy the hotel resort on my own. I relaxed by the pool, ordered a cocktail, and then meandered inside to explore the massive casino.
After a while, a group of men emerged from the VIP section. They were an obvious contrast to the sea of t-shirt wearing vacationers. Sporting dark suits, slicked-back hair, flashy gold rings and sunglasses, they congregated at the bar. I wanted to learn more about them, so I casually moved closer to listen to their conversation.
They were splitting up poker chips from their recent game and found they had a $100 chip left over. It was being passed around the group; each guy having a different opinion on who should get it. Before my brain could catch up to my actions, I raised my hand and loudly announced, “I’ll take it!”
The debate instantly stopped, and half a dozen pairs of sunglasses turned toward me. I almost panicked but was able to continue, “If nobody wants the chip, I could use it.”
They looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and handed it to me. I was in shock. I never told my boyfriend how I “won” that hundred dollars. There was no need to worry the guy by revealing my association with Vegas gangsters.
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