Rolls of Dice…

Mike held his breath and closed his eyes. Anxiety curled in his stomach like viper.

He knew that the roll of the dice determined his doom.

For minutes, he reviled himself for the gambling, which overtook his senses.

Going to town with the lads had turned out not to be a very good idea.

A mug of beer became several and a roll of dice turned into several rolls too many.

‘I should have stuck with the coin machines.’ He thought.

‘What will I tell Bernadette?

‘How do I explain that I have lost the inheritance.’ ‘That we are heading for the poor house?

Like a man waiting for the knell of the tomb bell, the jingle of dices sounded ominous and then it stopped.

Gasps, shifting of bar stools and music in the background sounded louder.

Bracing himself he opened his eyes.

Incredible! By some lucky God of Roulette he won.

‘You lucky son of a gun,’ Todd pounded his back.

‘Well, drinks are on you.’

He collected his winnings, left several dollar bills for drinks and decided to go home.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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28 thoughts on “Rolls of Dice…

  1. Thank goodness he knew when to stop! Most people would have kept on playing until they lost it all. Wonderful story Jacqueline! It highlighted the tension he felt about losing the inheritance. Glad there was a happy ending!

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  2. Your story made me anxious for this man and his wife. How could he bet so much like that? He become very lucky when he won that bet.I hope he takes it as a lesson and doesn’t bet by roling dice anymore but sticks to the slot machines or doesn’t gamble again. Well written Jacqueline.

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