Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

Golden Nugget

Dr. Cuddy had just ordered a small drink at the bar in the Las Vegas hotel when a lean young stranger with sun-bleached golden hair and tanned cheeks took the stool beside her. After asking for a gin and tonic, the sunburned young man nodded toward the gaming tables.
“Name’s Neal Caffrey,” he said genially. “It’s sure great to be back in civilization and hear money talking out loud.”
The renowned doctor introduced herself. “You spent some time in the desert?”
“Got back yesterday,” said Caffrey. “Washed the dust out of my ears, had a real live barber shave off seven months of whiskers and beard and trim this mop of wheat. Then I bought a whole wardrobe on credit. All I had to show was my assay report. Boy am I ever ready to celebrate.”
“You found gold?”
“That’s right. Hit pay dirt.” Neal stroked his bronzed chin thoughtfully. He lowered his voice confidently.
“Listen,” he said. “If I can find a backer, I’ll take enough out of those hills to buy ten pleasure palaces just like this one. Of course,” he added apologetically, “I’m not trying to interest you, honey. Still, if you know somebody who’d like to get in on a sure thing, let me know. I’m staying in room 2210. Can’t give out details here, you understand.”
“What I understand,” said Lisa Cuddy, “that you’d better improve your story if you want to part some sucker from his money.”

What is wrong with Caffrey’s story?


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2 guesses to Golden Nugget

  • he had tan cheeks. their should be no tan cheeks. he told the story of not shaving and needing a hair cut for 7 months how did he get his tan cheeks.

  • Dude

    You’re right, Carole!

    If Caffrey had really been in the desert for 7 months, then his cheeks and chin should at least be lighter than the rest of his face, since he had his “whiskers and beard” shaved after he came back to civilization.

    You are today’s winner.