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Thursday Inspiration 47 — The Games People Play

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Kiki was not the gambling type, which makes it ironic that she met Will at the casino. Kiki’s parents were gambling addicts. Instead of thinking of a birthday gift Kiki would like based on who she was, her parents gifted her a day at the casino with them and handed her a $100 dollar bill and then wandered off to the nickel slot machines.

Kiki sat down in front of the Sons of Anarchy quarter progressive machine because Jax looked so cute on the front of it. There was $4,000. and rising at the readout on top. She was down $10. when all of a sudden the wheels lined up. Music blared and lights flashed. Kiki hit the jackpot at $4,210. She pressed a button to get her ticket then rushed away to find her parents to let them know.

Suddenly she ran smack-dab into a tall, solid body. She stumbled and big strong arms caught her then righted her. She looked up into dazzling green eyes and the most engaging smile she’d ever seen.

I’m so sorry! I was so excited about winning I wasn’t looking where I was going!”

No worries, Miss. As an employee of this fine establishment, let me be the first one to congratulate you! My name is Will.”

Will held out his hand, and Kiki shook it.

He fell into step beside her and stayed by her side for the rest of the afternoon. When her folks were ready to head out for the 50-mile drive home, Will convinced Kiki to stay the night at the hotel and he would drive her home after his shift was over the next afternoon. Against Kiki’s better judgment, she sent her folks on their way and spent a whirlwind evening at the casino complex with Will, hitting more slots, the blackjack table, the evening stage show, and a wonderful low-cost banquet meal.

As drinks are free while gambling, as the evening wore on, Kiki drank more than she usually did and her inhibitions flew out of the window. Will’s easy smile and charms made the choice simple to let him spend the night with her. Kiki hoped the hotel walls were thick!

Afterwards, they fell asleep, exhausted, in each other’s arms.

In the morning, Kiki awoke. Will was gone. There was a note on his pillow that said, “Thank you, Darlin XXOO” Kiki smiled and headed for the bathroom to shower, get dressed, and find Will downstairs to see what time his shift ended.

She left her stuff in the room as checkout wasn’t until noon and went downstairs for coffee and breakfast. Afterwards she went to the information desk and asked the person to page Will.

Will who, Ma’am?”

I don’t know his last name, but he works here. He’s tall, very good-looking, and has green eyes.”

I’m sorry, Ma’am, we don’t have anyone named Will on our staff.”

How about Bill or William? How about someone who looks like who I described?”

No, Ma’am, I’m sorry.”

Kiki felt a chill run up her spine. She headed back to her room and looked through her stuff. The ticket with her remaining balance of $3,800. was missing. She grabbed for her phone to pull up the photos she’d had various people snap of her and Will last night. They had been deleted.

She called her folks and asked them to drive back and pick her up and said she would explain when they got there.

Kiki went down to the security office of the casino and filed a report. She was not encouraged when the security officer said, “I’m sorry, but these kinds of scams happen a lot at casinos. We try to prevent it as much as possible. We’ll review the surveillance tapes and let you know if we find anything.”

Kiki checked out of her room and waited in the lounge for her folks.

Will” was chugging a 40 and driving to the closest casino over the Michigan border.

 

Paula Light is the host of Thursday Inspiration.  Paula says:
This week’s theme is game and the picture is [above.] Here is the song snippet from “Games People Play” written, composed, and performed by Joe South in 1968.


Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean

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