In response to my friends at Fandango’s One-Word Challenge,
today’s word is “gambler.”

“So, kid, your ma says you wanna work on my horse ranch. Is that right?” Micah asked Billy Bob.

“Yes sir. I love everything ‘bout horses and I asked my ma if we can get one and she told me we couldn’t afford one so the only way I can be around horses was to come work on your ranch” Billy Bob answered, feet kicking up dust as he shuffled around nervously.

“What is it you love so much ‘bout horses, kid?” asked Micah.

“They’re the most beautiful animals I ever seen. I like the idea of taking a wild horse and workin’ with him every day, getting’ him to trust you” replied Billy Bob, his eyes lighting up with excitement.

“Breakin’ in a horse is one of hardest things I ever done, kid. Everything ‘bout being a horse rancher is hard. You ready for that?” Micah asked the kid.

“I reckon. All I know is I need to learn everything there is ‘bout horses, what makes ’em tick, how to train ’em to be the best horses ever. I can’t think of anything more excitin’ … except getting’ rich, that is.” Billy Bob answered. He had a burning in him that Micah saw clearly now.

Micah removed his Stetson, pulled out a bandana from his back pocket and wiped his brow. “Well, kid. You sure got the desire, needin’ to know everything ‘bout horses. But you gotta understand one thing ‘bout workin’ on a horse ranch: it ain’t gonna make you rich. That’s a real long shot!” Micah waited for Billy Bob’s reaction.

Billy Bob didn’t hesitate. “That’s ok, sir. I’m smart; that’s what everybody says anyway. I’ll learn right quick. Besides, I don’t plan on workin’ on a horse ranch forever. No sir. Once I know everything there is to know ‘bout horses, I’m gonna follow my dream.”

“And what’s your dream, kid” Micah asked, his curiosity aroused.

“I’m gonna be the smartest, most famous and richest gambler that ever was” Billy Bob replied with proud determination.

NAR © 2022

19 thoughts on “THE LONG SHOT”

  1. I love the ending in the story Nancy, very cleaver and it made me laugh out loud. The first time I went to the horse races was in WA State and I picked a horse that was suppose to be the big loser. I made quite a bit of money with $20.00 so maybe the kid is smarter than we think. Great write. Big hugs and love, Joni

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      1. You are a great story teller. That ending certainly surprised me. Excellent write. My pleasure sweetie. Sending love, hugs and prayers for good health for you and your family. 🦋❤️🌹🤗🙏


    1. Thanks muchly, Nick! I think I watched too many cowboy movies when I was a kid lol! Sometimes a thought comes to you and sometimes it doesn’t; I got lucky this time. As far as the Celtic strains go, I’m pure Sicilian, both parents having been born there BUT Sicily was invaded by practically everyone so who knows? However, my eyes are Celtic green and my mister is 1/2 Irish so I guess that counts for something! I have a lot of friends in the UK so cheers to them from the Pogues!

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    1. PS – Jaya, I just wanted to mention that I am having trouble leaving comments on your posts which is a shame because you are an enchanting writer. I have the same problem with two other bloggers and WordPress is on the case; I have no idea what the issue is but I hope it’s solved soon. Meanwhile please know I love reading your work. You write as one with an old soul – exquisite and sublime. 💫

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    1. Thanks! It was a word challenge and the idea came to me out of nowhere … I think because I read somewhere that it’s Kenny Rogers birthday (The Gambler). Amazing what sticks in your subconscious! Glad you liked the story; I do very well at the track, placing my bets based on what color the jockey is wearing lol! 🐴

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