by M. J. Joachim
“Nickeled and dimed to death, Nancy! We’ve been nickeled and dimed to death!” shouted Norman, as he waded through their never-ending pile of bills.
“Nonsense, Norm,” Nancy shouted back in reassurance. “No one took a cent we never owed ‘em!”
Neither did they get the best deal in town, but no one was the wiser about it. Nancy and Norman were newcomers, not knowing who to do business with in North Las Vegas, Nevada. They didn’t understand the gambling industry there, nor did they appreciate the subtle nuances of niceties, people given to knowing when the fruit is ripe, if you know what I mean.
Norman and Nancy were naturally sweet, nice folk, ripe for the picking in North Las Vegas. Word about their arrival spread fast among the sharks; Norman and Nancy were easy targets, as newcomers go.
Except Norman and Nancy neglected to mention they were really Neil and Nadine, owners of the newest casino chain on the Las Vegas Strip. Naturally, everyone who tried to take advantage of them was fired and never stepped foot in the town of North Las Vegas again.
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