“You seem a bit anxious,” Jack said. “Is something bothering you?”
No, it’s just that I’ve never seen a casino as posh as this one,” Stephen said. “It’s beautiful.”
“Well, I don’t know that I’d call it posh and beautiful,” Jack said. “More like glitzy and tacky.”
“To me it’s amazing.” Stephen said. “It has a carnival-like atmosphere, doesn’t it?” Then pointing to a section on the other side of the casino floor, he said. “Hey look, a roulette table. Let’s go play.”
“Do you know how to play roulette?” Jack asked.
“I think you bet on a number and when the guy spins the wheel, if your number comes up, you win,” Stephen explained.
They headed to the roulette table and Stephen put his chips on number 18. “Why 18?” Jack asked.
“Because my birthday is January 8th, and so one and eight, or 18,” Stephen said.
“Let’s hope that that will be a fortuitous choice,” Jack said.
When the spinning roulette wheel came to a stop, the little ball had landed on 18, much to the surprise and delight of Jack and Stephen.
However, as is usually the case, the house ended up winning and, after a few hours, the two men left the casino with empty pockets, their brief victory short-lived.
Written for Daily Addictions (anxious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (posh), Word of the Day Challenge (carnival), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (number), Your Daily Word Prompt (fortuitous), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (victory).