Tales From the Split Worlds – Episode 3: The First One
Author: Emma Newman
Title: The First One
Genre: Urban fantasy, magical realism
Frequency: Every Friday
The consequences of the first of three wishes become apparent, and the caster is not pleased…
The First One
Cathy had known something was wrong when her boyfriend rolled the twelfth ‘seven’ in a row. Now he was in the cold casino car park, lip spilt and eye blackening, she wished she’d realised that nine rolls earlier. But with the crowd gathering around them, and the adrenalin of the winning streak making them practically delirious, she’d just watched as he kept rolling the damn dice and the pile of chips in front of him grew absurdly large.
“Poor darling,” she cooed, kneeling down to cradle his head in her lap. “Do you think anything’s broken?”
“No,” he groaned pathetically.
She scowled at the casino bouncers who chuckled their way back to the entrance, but she wasn’t really angry with them. This was someone else’s fault, someone who’d pay soon enough.
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