Vegas, most dreams died here. His came alive.
Vegas, he anticipated his return. His last visit tantalized the possibilities. It wasn’t so much what had consciously happened, it was what he couldn’t control.
Gravity boots supported by the broken nose union. Blood rushing to his head, vivid dreams indeed.
He awoke to a nightstand holding a pawn ticket for something he never owned. He began to revisit the concept of vivid.
A few years passed. He still had the pawn ticket and he found himself back in Vegas. He checked out the address of the pawnshop. It was not far from the hotel. What harm could it do? Well, to be honest, a few broken bones and multiple contusions but that was an afterthought.
It was dark, it was seedy, it was a pawnshop. It met his expectations for what a pawnshop could and would ever be. From a writers perspective it was perfect.
The moment he entered the establishment he knew he made a grave mistake.
The man behind the counter was the proprietor he assumed because in his limited experiences pawnshop proprietors always looked like they could do with an ironing and extra starch.
He also did not look happy to see him.
“Do you have the ticket,” asked the man in a thick accent. He had seen enough bad television shows to recognize an eastern European accent when he heard one.
“That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it.”
“Enough with your noir bullshit,” he said.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Then there was pain and darkness.