"Far and Away" Chapt. 3 Comments Welcome Please.
SIX ISN’T EASY
Pronouncing his last name, “Owen” audibly Randal began chanting once again. This time to himself as he got himself out of bed, changed into his bathrobe, and headed for the shower.
Just as he started to whistle a clever tune of his own invention there was the familiar sound of Hernando’s blood-thirsty knock at his door. Thump, thump, thump…
Thump, thump, thump. Three times, twice. He stopped. Startled just a bit and still left confused from his turmoil time spent in dreamland, there was nothing to do but hurry. Time was short and he needed to get to work. Making money…
Stepping steadfastly Randal stopped once again. This time just short of the door because the knob was shaking.
“Let me in Vatto! I have a gift for you.”
Without any further hesitation Randal pulled the chain loose, loosened the deadbolts, (Two in fact.) and peaked through the now cracked metal door.
“Hurry, come in.” Randal said with a gasp as Hernando stepped through the door into the nearly vacant one room apartment.
“Tonight we play Roulette…”
“I do so love the red carpet in here Randal. It suits you.” Hernando said jokingly while thinking of the game of, “Roulette”, and at the same time staring up at Randal with his dark brown, almost glowing white eyes.
“Don’t look at me like that Hernando! You’re freaking me out! Get ready for tonight Hernando. You look terrible, and I have to shower! Now hurry…”
And then, just to the right of Randal’s old-western style vanity was his mixed color tile bathroom. There was a vanity-less porcelain sink on the wall to the left, a toilet to the right of that which read with a blue stamp of a flamingo type bird on it, “Craine”. Then, without separation from the inside and the outside was a good hot shower which Randal now had running.
Only a small tiled partition stood between the two sections, and about it was about four inches tall which separated the outer and inner portions of the shower and it was enough to keep water from running out onto the bathroom floor. There was a blue ocean mural shower curtain with dolphins swimming and lots of large pockets on the inside. Just opposite the outward-facing ocean landscape.
Undressed now, Randal finally was able to get in.
And just as Hernando seemed to be curiously rifling through the objects on the vanity looking for God knows what he bent and cocked his head to one side.
“Hum?” he exclaimed honestly, picked up a half empty bottle of Eternity cologne, and spritzed himself generously. Like four pumps of the mist-operated cap.
“There, Amigo. That should do.” Was all he said, but only loud enough for him to hear?
“I have a system for you!” This time he said it just loud enough to be audible with Randal in the shower.
“What’s that!?!” Randal shouted.
“Oh yeah Amigo I’ve been working on it for you. I’ve already run it through simulator with poor results, but with a little luck I think it should work… You want to try it???”
“Oh, yeah.” Randal stated back to Hernando. This time not pretending to hear what was said as Randal’s senses were never at any level, “dull”.
It was all written down on a piece of paper where Hernando had written it and put in his left hip pocket
. Hernando had definitely affectionately named it, “Seven come Eleven. A Compensation Strategy” which was geared toward evening the odds as best as could be done against the house with a double zero American Roulette Wheel.
The betting on each spin of the ball was written down on the paper that Hernando now held and had written down on and put in his left hip pocket for safe keeping. It would read as follows:
“Seven come Eleven Compensation Strategy”
He continued on while laughing aloud.
“I figured it all out. It works.” He said politely while smiling now holding his unfolded paper out in front of him with both hands so he could now read it. Then he continued on;
“Four chips are to be bet on the first and third twelve, and also on the first and third columns. Seven chips bet on numbers eight, twenty-nine, and seventeen and twenty split. Eight chips are then bet on numbers zero and double zero, eleven and fourteen, and then twenty-three and twenty-six split.
After that, eleven chips would be bet on numbers four, six, thirty-one, thirty-three, sixteen and nineteen and eighteen and twenty-one split for a total of one-hundred and nineteen chips bet with each spin of the wheel.
That accounts for the same number of chips bet on each column and dozen which individually added up to forty-five chips bet on any given column or dozen on each spin of the wheel. Compensation you see! Hold on a minute.” He said rotating the paper.
“There!” He said.
“In order to figure it all out you have to subtract that from half of the total chips bet, (Which is one hundred and nineteen.) or fifty-nine and you get roughly about fifteen checks or chips that the odds of the game will now allow for you to bet extra with.
That’s above and beyond the original one-hundred and nineteen checks markedly bet on each spin of the Roulette Wheel my friend.”
He said now chuckling at his own cleverness. He was now blushing and so caught up in his own self.
Then he said,
“Now, after putting those checks on numbers zero, double zero, seventeen, and the twenty spot, doing so makes since because they aren’t covered by any outside bets. Namely the twelve checks bet on the columns and dozens.
So to add the fifteen extra checks I just added the original seven already bet on seventeen and twenty split to it giving twenty-two and added that to one hundred and twelve roughly about one-hundred and thirty-four checks. Pretty clever don’t you think Amigo? What do you think?”
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