A/N: I'm a big fan of this book, and I've always wanted to write something for it. This idea came to me when I was listening to a certain song...

I tried to use the same style as Zusak, but it's not close at all. Oh well.



The faces surrounding me were astonished as I looked at my cards.

The winning cards stared back at me.

I had won.

Marv swears violently and throws down his hand. They scatter away on the table, escaping the fury twisting his face. "How the hell did you win?"

"Dumb luck?" I say, shrugging indifferently.

"You know damn well you're the most shit card player! And yet, you win!"

"Thanks a lot, Marv."

"You know it's true!"

Audrey grins and waves her cards airily. Her sunshine hair swirls around her lovely face. "I never thought I would see the day Ed beats Marv." She pats my knee, and I smile at her.

"He cheated!" Marv insists, pointing an accusing finger at me.

"Give it a rest, Marv," Ritchie says.

"There is no way Ed Kennedy would have won!"

I smirk and wave the winning hand in his face. "Can't read my poker face," I taunt him, just for the hell of it, and duck as Marv's empty beer bottle sails at my head.