Papa’s Poker Addiction

This week for Friday Fictioneers Rochelle has selected a photo from Bill Reynolds of an old Ford truck that has seen better days. I can imagine it is still in use and has had many repairs, and it looks robust enough for all country jobs.

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Papa’s Poker Addiction

Last night, we didn’t hear Papa stop the truck behind the trees.

Mama knew he had lost at poker, and she screamed his name as she ran among the cacti. 

Carlos cheated Papa with a royal flush every week, but still they played on; hopeless.

We had occasional work harvesting aloe for cents, and we survived.

Father Francisco arrived. He cupped Mama’s hands.
Papa had asked for forgiveness and blessing before his act of redemption.

Together we all shuffled with Mama crying to the church and saw Carlos’s newly formed grave.

Smiling, Papa held up a bag full of money.

42 responses to “Papa’s Poker Addiction

  1. The priest seems delightfully sanguine and Papa unremorseful

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  2. Oh, Papa, what have you done…?

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  3. Dear James,

    Hm. You leave me with many questions here. I hope Papa will mend his ways. But will he?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Well… I was starting to think Papa was a fool for going back week after week knowing Carols cheated… Quite the priest this parish has…

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  5. It seems Papa found a way to win, I’m sure he’ll be forgiven!

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  6. it seems that carlos lost a big one this time around. 🙂

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  7. Great story, Jams. I don’t think the truck runs. The odd looking cacti behind it is called mule (or donkey) ear. 🙂

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  8. You wove a lot from very little.

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  9. Had Father Francisco also lost at poker to Carlos, I wonder? Several twists and turns in this entertaining story, James. I fear Papa will never reform, though.

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  10. kirstenuninterrupted

    Great twists and turns. I guess Papa got truly sick of Carlos cheating every week. Mama better hide that money so Papa doesn’t gamble it all away.

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  11. Oh methinks Carlos got what he deserved…

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  12. I was feeling all sorry for Papa and his affliction until the last sentence. I don’t think he’s going to be cured of his gambling addiction yet.

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  13. Mom better use the money fast. Papa will soon be back to his old ways, even if Carlos is not.

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  14. What a mess. Not a happy childhood for the children.

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  15. Eee, that ending came unexpected. Well, if he got the blessing, what could go wrong, right?

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  16. Carlos paid a high price for cheating. Good story and I liked the detached behaviour of the priest.

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  17. It looks like papa has a smile from ear to ear.
    It’s temporary since he’s bound to be behind a cell gate.
    Interesting twist for the prompt, James.
    Isadora 😎

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  18. Wow, I did not see that ending coming! And … still not sure how I feel about it. In fact, I believe I will pretend I didn’t just see what I saw. Well told!

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  19. Papa lost the patience at last.. Intriguing

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  20. You gotta know when to hold ’em, know the to fold ’em, and know when to kill that cheatin’ bastard who keeps taking your money.

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