It was a familiar feeling, being so close to everything he’d prayed for; not that he was a religious man, unless you counted hopes muttered to lady luck in back alley halls.
“A spade and we’ll be counting stars baby.” he breathed, nervously twisting the ring on his left hand.
He eyed his rival’s calm countenance and a surge of panic shot through him, foretelling an outcome he’d seen far too many times.
The dealer flipped the final card, singing in the river, “Two of diamonds.”
He watched the very last of their savings being raked in across the table.
This 100 word story was written for the song prompt One Republic’s “Counting Stars”. Check out the rest of the challenge participants at: My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog.
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Marcy Playground – Shapeshifter
Random fact: I’m a decent card player. I made regular trips with friends to Biloxi when I was in grad school. Crazy 4 poker and pai gow were my games of choice.