There was the time I won 500 dollars at a sitting with nothing but shit in my hands ‘cause everyone else folded when I upped the ante. Fooled them all.

Curiosity. That’s what made her such a good card player all them years back. Everybody said it was her poker face, coupled with a well-placed evil eye here and there. But it wasn’t. It was pure and simple that she always wondered what the next hand would be.

STELLA BY HELEN SILVERSTEIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 08

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