He and I are meant to get married the next day. There’s a chapel in one of the turrets, or we can do as the taxi driver suggests, just drive down Flamingo and stop anywhere. I’m trying to think of what the dancer on the party-pit stage is thinking, but I can’t. He uses the break between hands to say even you are a better dancer than that. I know not to say to him, that the fifty-year-old waitress bringing us drinks in a midriff top and heels makes me want to be outside under a more manageable sky. The dealers all have nametags listing their hometowns. Really everyone says Las Vegas, but the imparticular English suggests otherwise. Seshat the new dealer is from Egypt. You have a God’s name, I tell her. She would prefer I tip. Two chairs down a man repeats: Is everyone as beautiful in Egypt as you? I keep telling him that he looks like he’s from Perth. Which he doesn’t understand. I mean he looks like where we come from, or maybe he is where I am from. Five double G+Ts deep I tell him, Excalibur was Arthur’s Sword. Which he already knew. I say: He died for love, too. The dancer starts to move again back and forth in front of us, like how I’ve heard a horse does, after you shoot her, before she knows she’s dead.
At the Excalibur