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how to place a bet

25/04/2010

He placed two die in a cup, shook it distractedly, and emptied the cup on to the table. You add those up, he said, and tell me the sum. The child counted slowly across her hands, mumbling each number until she reached her second last finger and loudly repeated, Nine, Grandpa! It’s nine! All right, he said, opening his dictionary up to a page, Nine it is. So now you just count down and tell me what the ninth word is. The child whipped out her index finger and pointed disapprovingly at each blue entry, beaming when she again reached nine. What does it say, she bounced around. Goblin, he read. Goblin, the child shrieked. Yep, he said. Tomorrow when we get there, you have to pick the name that sounds most like it belongs to a goblin. But, Grandpa, she pulled her face into a parody of worry, how are we going to win with a goblin? He shook his head. Winning? That’s not what it’s about, he said. No, that’s not what it’s about at all. He grabbed her under the arms and sat her on his knees. What we got here is somethin else. What we got here is tradition.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hazel permalink
    25/04/2010 8:49 pm

    Must you this wayto pick a winner in November, that’s if I can find and old mans knee to sit on.

  2. 22/05/2010 5:28 pm

    Love this story to bits.

  3. 31/05/2010 9:34 am

    Why thank you Ashleigh, we’re delighted you enjoyed this week’s piece.

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