Street noise permeated his skull and he slowly peeled back his eyelids to reveal a ceiling he recognized. The waters stains and the Pall-Mall potpourri of his cheap Vegas motel were unmistakable.
He cranked up the shower and his shorts hit the bathroom floor before the water had a chance to heat up. Noticing himself in the dingy mirror, he noticed a sea of pink free of black and blue.
He took stock and decided for a middle-aged pink punching bag he didn’t look half bad. He didn’t worry about which half was good.
The perfect, aged adjusted, condition of his body made no sense though after his evening in the pawn shop. He stepped into the shower to let the hot water work its magic on him.
It must have been a dream, he thought. The pawn shop mafia would not be coming for him.
The stress he felt melted away with the steam. What the hell is it with Vegas and dreams. Most dreams got crushed in this town. His seemed to be in high def.
He donned his gambling clothes and checked himself in the mirror before he made for the front door.
It may have been a stretch to call them “gambling” clothes.
His ensemble consisted of just jeans and a black short sleeve shirt but the Panama hat complete with palm trees added a certain Vegas Strip panache to the outfit.
He needed two hundred bucks to break even on this trip and his mindset was a key ingredient for a successful night at the tables. He wasn’t about to leave anything to chance. Chance was for suckers.
“Lady Luck come my way,” he uttered as he did a little soft shoe and closed the door behind him.
It’s a shame he was feeling too good to notice the steel briefcase under the bed.