Short Story Contest # 169 Theme: "Last Card" courtesy of @DarkTesseract. Contest story entries can be found HERE. We have four excellent entries in this contest. The winner will be revealed in two weeks and the winner thread will be stickied until the next contest's winner is crowned. No more entries are allowed in this contest. Entries are listed in the poll in the order posted. Voting ends in two weeks, Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015 ~5:30 pm Pacific Time. I encourage authors to vote. While it is controversial, it remains acceptable in the short story contest to vote for yourself. I encourage you to vote honestly. In the name of good sportsmanship only vote for yourself if you have read all the other stories and given them your honest evaluation. Consider how the author has responded to the theme, as well as the quality of the writing and overall impression of the story in making your decision. These stories were so good I didn't bother entering mine as it would have surely lost. Read for pleasure, learning, and to vote.