The Seven of Hearts Has His Day
By Ray Adams
The Seven of Hearts may have felt just a little jealous the other day when the Six of Hearts presented his story at the Sevens and Under Public House. But he soon had a tale of his own.
“My Master got himself into a 21 point game contract,” the Seven of Hearts said, “and that’s what made this hand so exciting.”
“I can see that a diamond lead and club shift will doom the contract,” the feisty Five of Diamonds said.
“True enough,” the Seven of Hearts said, “but this West led a trump, giving my Master time to work out the way to success. He won in hand and led the Jack of Hearts, covered by the queen and ace. He returned to hand with the King of Spades, picking up the last trumps, and led the Four of Hearts.”
“Wonderful, I was involved in this story, too,” the Four of Hearts said.
“Yes you were,” the Seven of Hearts said. “The Four of Hearts was covered by the nine and dummy’s ten, as East took the King of Hearts.”
“I hate to see the King of Hearts win any tricks,” the Three of Hearts said. “When I work over at the Royal Honors Club, he is the worst tipper among a misery group of cheapskates.”
“Well, he does outrank all of us, unfortunately,” the Seven of Hearts said. “West then shifted to the Queen of Clubs, won by West’s ace. West then led the Jack of Clubs to dummy’s king.”
“I think the King of Clubs is much nicer than the King of Hearts,” the Six of Clubs said, “but then he is a fellow club, so maybe I’m prejudiced.”
“Well, the King of Clubs, be he good or bad, was good enough to put Mr. South in the dummy,” the Seven of Hearts said. “And now he could lead me! And look at that dummy. As you can see, I was much more effective since I was backed up by my little buddy, the Six of Hearts.”
“Glad to be of service,” the friendly Six of Hearts said.
“When East followed low, Mr. South played West for the Queen/Nine of Hearts doubleton, and let me ride, tossing his losing diamond. He later lost a club, but claimed his game contract.”
“Good going, brave Seven of Hearts,” someone yelled and soon all of the sevens and unders were cheering that evening’s hero.