Does it depend on me? I don’t get it. We can both play Magic, but it depends on you.”
“Well, you just got here,” I added. “You don’t owe me a goddamn thing. You’re going to get your chance tomorrow. If you lose to that other guy, I’m going to have to let you go.”
“Okay,” she said. Then she reached forward, grabbed her backpack, and pulled it around behind her. “Come on, the games are starting soon.”
That night, she told her roommate. His name was Scott. He’d known her since she was in the fourth grade, when he’d worked for a family of fishermen. He’d worked for everyone, from the man who helped build their ship to the fishmonger who drove her to the beach to buy the first bottle of her favorite beer. He’d been the first person she’d ever been really close to.
“Okay,” Scott said when he saw me approaching. He didn’t look upset or anything. I didn’t even know what to expect from him tonight. “Yeah, yeah, I guess. Well, I’ve got a bag here that’s about as big as this one is.”
“Are you going to buy me?”
“No,” he said. “I’m just going to walk you back to your apartment. If you need anything, just talk to me. I don’t want to make too much of a scene, and I won’t even try to call you back to save my neck.”
“Okay,” I said. That was strange. You weren’t even trying to make the scene? That was strange, even for me. “Thanks.”
I handed him my card, and we walked back into the house. I was surprised at how friendly he was to me. We walked through the house and inside the main room, and as we entered, Scott handed me a card.
“The card says, “Magic is Magic.” I didn’t try to look it up. When you walk into a Magic store, you look through and find the cards and figure out what you want to do. When you get up there to start play, there’s no need to go looking for the other cards. So I got this.”
I was dumbstruck. “What can I do with that?”
“You can play whatever you want.”
I was speechless. I was still not even
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