I have a story I’d like to share
One about an ocean not to far from here
You see, so many things can be found there
They call it The Ocean Of Souls
A dark abyss, waters blacker than the blackest night!
It is a place you go if you seek legends or death
They say you will find only one
This is very true
This is my story to you
The time I found something most only wish for
Are you ready to hear what I have to say?
Good then, it is quite the length
I was but a poor young man back then
I had nothing
In Black Winter most only find death
This day I found something quite the opposite!
I decided, with nothing left to lose
I’d seek what I could find
I would brave the dreaded black waters of The Ocean Of Souls!
If I died, what worse could it be
Black Winter had not exactly been good to me
I’d lost all I had in Hotel Sin
I’m a gambler and I bet everything!
What did I lose you ask?
All my youth to some bitch named Rue!
She had me bet on Dead Man’s Hand
It’s a game where you guess just who will die next!
There are 7 contestants and one has been marked for death
This is all based on the card placed face down on their right hands
These poor souls have no idea which one of them will die
You basically guess which one you think is marked for certain death
The odds are 1 in 7 obviously, and you only get one chance
I’d had a gut feeling it was number 4
I gambled the odds
Fucking shit, it is number 4 Rue!
I’d bet my youth on it, and all my money!
You see, at this point in time I was a handsome man of 21 years
That bitch knew exactly what she was doing!
Fine by me sweet young thing, if you lose I get your youth, your money
Oh…and your eternal servitude upon death!
Still care to make that bet?
Oh, I’ll do that and even wager the soul of my wife Beth!
I am sure we can work out something.
What do you say, do you believe in your husbands luck?
Will you accept his wager Beth?
I was a fool, we were both young and no doubt she just wanted to show faith in me
I never should have drug her into this!
She always tried to please me…she always believed in me.
Alas we both signed the contract and the cards were flipped
All showed life except…for number 6.
I’d lost, I went from 21 to 93!
Instantly my wife was grabbed, given a uniform and taken away
Oh no worries good sir, I assure you your wife will be put to good use
As for you…I’ve given you 12 months to live.
Make the most of them…
The cruel bitch smiled and then started the next game
It was as though nothing had happened at all
Everything was business as usual
I stepped out of Hotel Sin, no money, nothing!
It was then I saw him
A Devil all in black, he smiled his voice holding a darkness that corrupts souls
He spoke of my only hope
Hello stranger…I see you’ve lost to Rue
Okay, guess you don’t want a chance to get it all back then?
I paused in shock!
Deadly serious friend…
You ever hear of The Ocean Of Souls?
Legend or death, you will only come back with one
You don’t have much to lose…so care to get what you seek?
I don’t know if it was the way he spoke, or simply his tone
No doubt this was a corrupter of souls but he was right
If I sit here and do nothing, it is death for me anyways
The Devil In Black held out his hand and I did the same
One simple shake and I was transported to an Abyss…
Black waters that screamed stood before me
I stood on a boat, the Devil In Black on the shore
With a smile he kicked my boat!
Fog covered the waters and the Devil faded
His smile suggesting he was up to something
I didn’t have much of a chance to contemplate before I felt the boat shake!
A low and viscious groan came from the black depths below!
Something…was circling…the boat…
A sudden bolt of lightning struck the black waters below!
Suddenly the boat shook again as out from the waters below came a black shadow…
It’s eyes were red and its smile most wicked!
Never have I felt a chill such as this before
Hello Gambler, I come to you with a game
Will you gamble for immortality?
I had nothing left to lose and so I said
Very well, the game is Choice & Consequence
The rules are in the name
Life or Death?
Bah! Life of course!
Pleasure or Pain?
Come on, that’s easy…pleasure!
Freedom or Imprisonment?
Freedom…isn’t this supposed to be more difficult?
Immortality or Beth?
This one hit me with a cold quake through my body!
If I die, I suffer eternally to Rue…
If I get immortality though, it would be a loophole
I never face death, I never serve Rue
Perhaps I could help her somehow too?
Immortality I say, thinking to myself I’ll save you somehow Beth
These answers are final…are they set?
I looked this shadowy fingers in the eye and said
Very well, the following is put into place
You will be granted life, Beth death.
You will be granted eternal pleasure, your wife Beth…eternal pain!
You are rewarded with your freedom…Beth imprisonment
Finally you have been granted immortality, Beth now has no chance…
I told you the name was in the game and your answers are set!
A bolt of lightning struck from the sky and hit me between my eyes
Then I awoke, a legend…of a sort
I’m the Gambler and I’ve gambled once too many
I’ve gained immortality and anything I could ever want…
Except for my dearly beloved…
The one thing I truly desire
Now I reside in Hotel Sin, a tenant eternally
Care to play a game?
-SinisterStoryTime #5: The Legendary Gambler-