Into a sunken town, the Handsome
Gambler ran. For he owed gold and blood, and yet had none to spare.
Desperate and forlorn, he was about to change his path and walk away. When he
heard a song that called on him, to chance his luck again. Now the singer was a creature, with the
biggest mouth the Gambler had ever seen. “Excuse my song,” the monstrous siren
said. “The tune’s purpose was your attention.” “For I knew you had troubles and I can
offer absolutions.” “Can you carry me from this bind?” the
youth asked. “Boy, the world’s one river and I’m its
king.” “Ain’t no place I ain’t been. Ain’t no place I can’t go again.” “…And the price is a minuscule thing. See, I got hungers that ain’t easily fed. But those finest tables? They ain’t never got a seat for me. So I need men, like yourself, to
let me in.” Now the Gambler’s only hunger was dice
and cards. So this bargain? It seemed too easy a price.
“If you’re offering a ticket,” the youth finally said.
“That’s a deal. I will take.” And before another word was spoke, the
monster snapped him up and fled. To a faraway land the Gambler was
conveyed. At a palace of chance, he was left. Years passed. And love the Gambler found.
His bride a princess. And the wedding? None would miss. Now when that hungry beast finally did
arise. The family screamed and fought. And although the Gambler tried to cast
him out… It ate the gifts, and house, and gold!
For its hunger? Nothing satisfied. “Please, not now, not this time!” the bride did cry. The beast’s response? To her it purred,
“This hunger’s a burden but it’s the last time I swear. So please, forgive.” Now the creature’s lies, so melodic and
sincere, charmed that bride. And thus she failed to recognize when that demon’s jaw unhinged. She screamed, just once. As I snapped her
bones and crushed her limbs! Now that meal? It left me satisfied. So cry if you want boy, ’cause you had a chance to walk away. Instead you’re the fool, the fool who
let me in.