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A full moon glares upon the sombre desolate tavern, ‘hell’s angel’, in the centre heart of Chicago. Thunder can be heard from miles but seems presently directly above the tavern itself, highlighting the odious acts occurring beneath the wooden slits and slashes of the irredeemably corrupt floor.
He and Mr Addams perched upon their seats, face to face, near nose apart, turbulent over cards and coins which controlled both of these creature’s very souls. He slammed his fist on the table and growled. Mr Addams’ registered his face. Unlit, crazed and satanic; he was something fanciful, of some other world. Addams dared not distemper the beast, but he dared not lose either. Other figures surrounded them and jeered at the winning streak that Mr Addams was now holding, but they were not paramount to his evening, Addams would not remember them in the morning; but him, now he was something different. Addams couldn’t place it. It may have been the alcohol, or the hex that this being held upon him, but he was entranced.
It was a harrowing game, unlike any other that Mr Addams had played before, but he was grand at the gambling game and had strategic moves that prevented him from ever losing. At the tavern, in secret, he could release his beast of folly, without the knowledge of his young daughter, Mary.
Ever since the plague took his beloved wife, Mr Addams had treasured his daughter like nothing before and never would hereafter. He reflected on her now, he tortured himself on the thought of her poor infant heart shatter, if she found out what he was doing on this here, this Tuesday evening. He always managed to cure the guilt with liquor and the rumination of her happiness when he arrived home with a new dress for his princess. This closing thought motivated him to play his last piece and win the game truly.
‘Damn this game!’ he snarled, ‘and cursed the day my whore mother ever birthed me from Satan’s foul liquid.’ He had finally lost, evident as the stars in the night and this sent violent impulses of fear, which coursed through Mr Addams’ veins. What had he done? He was sure the amount of alcohol in his own system was not safe from the inferno currently erupting from his hands and tailpiece. Addams knew he was playing games with the devil, and would surely draw the short straw in the end.
He stood up away from the table. No longer did Mr Addams wear the face of pride, but now of a lily livered gorgon. Mr Addams’ blood was horror. The crowd that had encircled them had diluted at this point, but the few that remained were too inebriated to notice the goings on. He stood as impenetrable as rock, his eyes searing deeply into Addams, however, despite his obvious discomfort, his manner and posture were placid. He spoke hushed and smooth through gritted teeth:
‘You will regret the day you inflamed me, Addams. I may have lost my wealth but that is superficial. You yourself will lose far more.’

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