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Playing Pool

Leonard realized no matter how the game went, he would buy the beers tonight.

Cue stick in hand, Leonard Lewis walked slowly around the green felt topped pool table. His laser-like squint assessed the various lineups provided by the three remaining candy-striped spheres and the stark white cue ball. Leonard's pal Boris stood back from the table, waiting with intense patience just out of the glare of the overhead light.

Finally, Leonard stopped and leaned out over the massive table so as to align his stick with the cue ball and one of the distant numbered pool balls. "Five in the far corner pocket," he said, calling the shot.

Leonard enjoyed seven-ball pool; it required considerable skill on the part of the players, each being restricted to the pockets on one or the other sides of the table and obliged to sink the balls in order by number. A game without points, seven-ball awaited the sinking of the seven-ball in a designated pocket to determine the winner. So far Leonard had won three out of four games with Boris. It looked as if his pool-loving pal would buy the beers again this evening.

Leonard breathed in and breathed out, willing calmness into his body. Slowly, he drew the cue stick back.

A sudden loud commotion at the bar spoiled Leonard's composure. He glanced up to see a hooded thug pointing a gun at Louis, the bartender. Louis sensibly had his hands in the air.

Before Leonard could think of anything he could do, he glimpsed a shadow moving quickly. Boris came out of the darkened area behind the pool table and stepped toward the bar. His cue stick came down with a flash of reflected light. The sound of a crunching blow preceded the sight of an airborne gun. The thug howled in pain.

"You no goodnik!" Boris growled in heavily accented English. "No noisy troublemaking in here! We are playing pool!"

Leonard realized no matter how the game went, he would buy the beers tonight.

 Playing Pool
Playing Pool

Leonard breathed in and breathed out, willing calmness into his body. Slowly, he drew the cue stick back.

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