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risk & reward

A game is not really a game unless it has proper stakes, she says.

If I lose, she gets my heart.

I ask her what I get if I win, because I don’t particularly want her heart.

She laughs.

What do you want? she asks. More than anything in the world?

I tell her.

She considers my request for quite awhile, but then she says it can be done, should I win.

So I agree to her terms.

I don’t tell her that I never lose, but she figures that out within the first few moves.

About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

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