I read a book a while back that said none of us have free will. Every little thing we do, say, and think isn’t up to us at all. It’s all a combination of genetics, circumstance, and luck. If one of those three things were different, we’d do and say and think differently. Thanks to my genetics, circumstances, and luck, I’m writing this for you to read.
My point here is it’s nobody’s fault. I didn’t get to choose my parents. So the genetics part can’t be blamed on me. I am genetically who I am because that’s just how it worked out. (I suppose there’s a certain amount of luck in that also.)
Circumstances? I didn’t create a lot of this situation. My only part was sitting down at the table. I didn’t have anything to do with the other people sitting down at the table. I didn’t know what was going to happen. And I sure as hell didn’t know anyone there had a gun.
We were playing Texas Hold’em. King, Queen, Ace, Six. All Hearts. The River Card hit. Ace of Clubs. The guy on my right. The one with the white hat says something in Korean (though he was a white guy) and drops the other two Aces. The Korean pulled out a gun. Then the guy with the cigar pulled out a gun. I saw the guy behind the bar pull out a shotgun and then I’m deaf for the next ten minutes.
And that’s where the luck came in. When it was all said and done, I was the only guy that didn’t have a hole in him. I had my first ever Royal Flush. So I took the money and ran. I had no choice in the matter. It’s what was always going to happen thanks to my genetics, circumstances, and luck.
Then again, my being arrested as I ran out the door of the illegal casino was part of the luck too. All things considered I’m in a spot of trouble. But knowing you like I do. I’m hoping your genetics, circumstances, and luck put you in a position where you want to bail my ass out of here.
So what do you say, brother?
Words by Jack Cameron
Illustration by Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas
About 15 Minute Stories
It’s good for writers to write every day, but it’s easy for life to get in the way of that. One solution I read about recently was to write a 15 minute piece of short fiction every single day for a month. You may not have time to do NaNoWriMo every month, but if you like writing, you can always find 15 minutes.
So for the month of January, I’ll be writing and posting pieces of very short fiction that I took 15 minutes to write. I’ve asked that my friend, Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas join me by taking 15 minutes to draw an accompanying image for each story. Ossaín is one of the owners of a local zine shop in Tacoma called The Nearsighted Narwhal.