The Card Game

People sit around a table in the dark. A pool of light slowly lights the table and faces emerge. Vladimir Putin, Osama Bin Ladin, Hillary Clinton, Sun Tzu, Ghengis Khan and a dealer.

Dealer: since some of us are living and some deceased the rules are as follows. Each player gets three cards and three chances to try to find their own kill card….

Putin smirks as the rules are read. His strategy is to bluff until he knows if his kill card is in anyone’s hand. His poisoned cards are ready for sleight of hand, if needed.

Bin Laden is philosophical. Since he is already dead, he is playing for rights to return to life but also be in immediate jeopardy for assassination. When his turn comes, he plans to pass and see how play develops before exposing any cards.

The game begins. Slowly the house lights go up and the audience members begin to leave. Wait, the players cry out, please wait. Don’t you want to see who wins and who lives and who dies and who returns from death?

The audience members turn one by one and each is revealed to have the face of one of the players. They turn back towards the exits and file out and wait in the hall until the game completes and then draw straws to see who will take the place of each player for the next game. The game never ends.

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