Tell You What I'm
by Michael A. Kechula
give it a try. Ten chances for a dollar. Toss a
ping-pong ball in the basket. If it stays in, you
win the best prizes on the Midway.
But your shelves
are empty. Where are the prizes?
win, you get whatever you want. Name it, and
you got it. But you gotta tell me within one
second after the ball settles in the basket. If you
take longer, you lose.
I bet if
I win and say Mustang convertible, youll
give me a little toy car.
See all those trailers parked over there?
Theyre loaded with prizes. New cars.
Designer clothes. Gold jewelry. Anything a
teenager like you could ever want. You name it, I
that gal in the tight red jeans at the hot dog
stand? She won a solid-gold watch a few minutes
ago. Ask her to show it to you.
me, Lady. The guy over there said you won a
gold watch from him. Is that true?
Look at this beauty. Ill bet its
worth ten thousand bucks. I won it on my eighth
Im gonna go back there and see if I can win
luck, she said.
youre back. How many balls do you want?
go. Good luck.
he said. You didnt name your prize
within a second.
Aw hell. Well,
watch closely, because Im gonna win again.
Yahoo. BUBBLE GUM!
We got a
winaaaa! Heres a piece of bubble gum, Kid.
Chew it in good health.
Something weird just happened. I was gonna say
Mustang convertible, but somehow I ended up
saying bubble gum. That sure as hell aint
gonna happen again. Gimme ten more balls.
go. Good luck. Hey, dont lean over the
counter like that. Its against the rules.
watch this. PLASTIC COMB!
We got a
winaaaa! Youre a very lucky kid.
Heres a nice comb for your curly hair.
It happened again. I dont know why I said
plastic comb instead of Mustang convertible.
be over excited. Tell you what Im gonna do.
Next time you win, Ill name the prize
What color convertible do you want?
Kid. Win again, and I'll name it for you.
cant seem to get any balls in the basket.
youll get lucky with the next one.
immortal soul, he said
You were supposta say Mustang convertible.
My mistake. Tell you what Im gonna do.
Whadda ya say we make a trade. Ill
give you a Mustang convertible right now for your
compared to a beautiful new car. Think of all the
hot chicks youll be able to pickup. Is it a