If You Want

Sophie Klahr

  Two nights at a casino on the border of Utah and Nevada. The rooms are cheap and surprisingly nice, a tryptic of orchids above the bed. I go down to the windowless lobby and buy saltwater taffy from the gift shop, spend hours at the slot machines. Ancient Wheel Bison II. Betti the Yetti. Crazy Joker. Desert Dawn. Desert Dusk. Eagle Bucks. Fast Hit. Five Star. Great Tiger. Griffins Throne. Hoot Loot. Icarus Journey. Johnny Cash. King Cat. Lady of the Dead. More Chili. Neptune King. Open Vault. Peacock. Pompeii. Quick Velvet. Rumble Rumble. Solar Disc. Triple Cash. Underdog. Vibrant 75. Wild Rose. Wild Wins. XTasy. Zeus. Zenith. If you want a happy ending, said Orson Wells, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

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