He won, or lost depending on the attitude. In his hot little hand, sixteen little digits put him on every lotto players radar. Called Hunted or rich, he now had the chance of surviving and cashing in, or dying and making someone else’s dreams come true.
But he has a better idea. Instead of allow a stranger to take it, he’ll give it to the only reason he was ever born.

“Yes, the whole amount, three billion.”

Her eyes dart up and to the right, and he knows she is creating a future in her head where she spends every penny.
“What do I have to do?”
“Use this.”
The pistol is old and heavy and clunks against the counter like it wants to break the world.
“Shoot you.”
He nods, and is prepared to go into a long winded rant about why she should, when she does just that and puts him in darkness before he can utter a single word.

Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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