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Thread #20177   Message #211027
Posted By: Amos
13-Apr-00 - 01:56 AM
Thread Name: TAVERN STEAMBOAT- Albert Hansell Part 3
Subject: RE: TAVERN STEAMBOAT- Albert Hansell Part 3
The Gambler knew, for the first time in his remunerative career on the card tables of the world ,that he was out of bluff, out of hole card, and his last gimmick seen through, called out on straight draw and only the high hum of Luck coming over the far horizon to steer by. Inside him, an ancient code, long forgotten, shifted and blossomed, like a single crocus of honor blooming in a snowmelt under the first Spring sunlight. He took back, held firmly to, the lovely translucent hands and looked straight into the far-seeing green eyes, and he responded,

"And you, sweet friend. How may a gentleman serve?"

For a long moment, there was silence while a different kind of river ran between two fire-breathing spirits, seizing quietude for a brief interlude in the heart of the broad, wide, churning waters. He smiled.

"Those were good looking gals, an' it looks like they ended up right. Guess we done good, huh?"

And for that brief moment in the heart of the river, there were no unanswered questions.