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The Wager of Another Kind

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He wrote for IHPVA magazines and raced these vehicles with his father (who builds them).

Lefty’s eyes brightened: “Say, what you think: friend or foe?”
Lefty’s eyes brightened: “Say, what you think: friend or foe?” | Source

The roulette wheel came to an abrupt stop, but nobody was there to see where the ball landed. The story was the same at all the other tables. Everybody abandoned their cards, chips, drinks, and slot machine winnings in the Las Vegas Casino. At that very moment, such things didn't seem that important.

Instead, something monumental was being televised. Just about everybody in the casino scrambled toward the largest TV screen, which happened to be in the casino’s bar. There, two seasoned gamblers sat before the screen sipping their martinis, and paying no heed to the growing crowd behind them. Like the others they were intent to watch as history unfolded before them -- as long the bartender was serving them the best mix in town in the process.

We’re here in Washington D.C. on this momentous day,” the reporter intoned as he stood before a giant black and silver saucer floating a few feet off the White House lawn.

The camera panned to the gathering crowd of senators, dignitaries, and military brass. Even the president, surrounded by men in black, was present for this momentous event.

Back In the bar, Lefty Joe and Slick Sam watched intently. Lefty rubbed his chin while Slick ruminated. Their minds were abuzz with all that was being televised.

“Never thought this would happen,” Slick said.

Lefty’s eyes brightened: “Say, what you think: friend or foe?”

“I think they come in peace.”

“Always thinking positive,” Lefty sneered. “You willing to wager on that?”

A portal opened, a ramp unfurled, and a bipedal alien wearing an armored suit stepped out. It had a large gray head with two big black eyes.

Slick retrieved his check-book: “100-k?”

Lefty grinned: "Deal."

Slick obliged, slamming the check onto the bar. Lefty offered the same amount.

Slick and Lefty’s wager was heard by all. It was a ripple effect: everybody wanted to take sides and place their bets. The murmurs became wagers with a few heated words in no time.

“Something’s happening!” the reporter announced.

A hush came over the bar. Much was at stake.

A portal opened, a ramp unfurled, and a bipedal alien wearing an armored suit stepped out. It had a large gray head with two big black eyes.

The president made the first move, giving the alien a gesture of friendship. The alien seemingly complied, lifting his three-fingered hand.

The jovial Lefty gathered his winnings. Yet, being the gambler, he came to realization that there was more at stake than 200 thousand dollars. "These aliens are really hostel," he said, frowning. "They sure are," Slick replied, sighing.
The jovial Lefty gathered his winnings. Yet, being the gambler, he came to realization that there was more at stake than 200 thousand dollars. "These aliens are really hostel," he said, frowning. "They sure are," Slick replied, sighing. | Source

“I knew it!” Slick Sam boasted. “He’s friendly!”

Suddenly, a laser beams shot from the hand and incinerated the president. The crowd on the lawn ran for their lives as more aliens emerged from the orb, firing away.

The bar exploded in screams of fear, victory and disappointment.

“I don’t believe it,” Sam gasped.

“Believe it," Lefty gloated. "Aliens have invaded and you're out 100-k."

The jovial Lefty gathered his winnings. Yet, being the gambler, he came to realization that there was more at stake than 200 thousand dollars.

"These aliens are really hostel," he said, frowning.

"They sure are," Slick replied, sighing.

The sigh was heard by all, and a hush came over the patrons. All of them, including Lefty and Slick stared at the unfolding horror being televised.

"Say Slick," Lefty said, breaking the uncomfortable silence, "What do you think?"

"Don't know," Slick replied.

"Will they They'll enslave or annihilate us?"

"I'm afraid they're here to annihilate us."

After some soul-searching thoughts, Lefty replied: "Double or nothing?"

A smile crossed Slick's face: "You're on!"

And with that, the place exploded into a frenzy of bets with shouts of "They'll enslave us!" "No, they kill us all!"

After some soul-searching thoughts, Lefty replied: "Double or nothing?" A smile crossed Slick's face: "You're on!"
After some soul-searching thoughts, Lefty replied: "Double or nothing?" A smile crossed Slick's face: "You're on!" | Source

Aliens: Friend or Foe?

If aliens were to land on Earth what would your wager be? Friend or Foe?

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      True gamblers will pace a wager on anything Dean.. even their own demise. Enjoyable story.

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