Life had just seemed to pass me by until that day when…. I found the magic grackle. At first it seemed like an ordinary bird, but then I realized it sported an amulet on its chest that glowed in iridescent hues, depending on the angle of light. It flitted to my shoulder and said, “Let’s go to the racetrack.”
No one at the track seemed to mind that I had a magic grackle whispering in my ear. The bird told me to bet all I had on Stolen Valor, and we won 5:1, which made me very happy. The bird commented that it might be a good time to quit my boring job at the insurance company, which made a lot of sense.
My husband didn’t see things that way and yelled, ”You’re mad!” Since I had the magic grackle, I no longer cared what he thought and began to spend every day at the track with the serious handicappers. I secretly smirked at their complicated systems of choosing horses, when I had the magic grackle to advise me. My next series of bets didn’t come through, however, but I never blamed the bird and assumed I’d simply misheard.
After my divorce, I figured I could save a lot of time by renting a room next to the track, especially now that my car had been repo’d. Meals were a quagmire until I realized the nearby soup kitchen had no problem with my new friend ~ in fact, they didn’t seem to notice the bird on my shoulder at all. Every day the magic grackle and I placed a bet, and then I ran out of money and pawned my jewelry.
Today will be the day everything changes, for I just put everything I have left on Pose for the Roses and the magic grackle promises me that this is a sure winner at 20:1.
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Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.