Game of Letters

By Any Unborn Child

In many ways, the game of young love was similar to the game of hanafuda (koi koi).

Experience is always important, be it within good times or bad times.

The number of players can be as menial as two and as many as seven.

There can be partnerships already made up. There can be three against three, two against two, or three teams of two. There can be people working with their own devices.

These players are to sit alternately, their eyes meeting at odd times.

Amongst the players, there is an unbeknownst set of rules that they are set to know by a certain time.

There are months, dates, and undealt numbers in the mix. Each card and each card stands for something different.

There may be many symbols that add up to your point value – depending on what month and suit that you have in your hand.

There may be things that you believe may add up to much, but in reality detract from their real value.

There is an understanding to where the pieces go and how they fit, how they are categorized.

The object of the game is to accumulate as many points as you can, to defeat any potential suitors/challengers that come your way.

As their points accumulate, the player may have an inflected sense of pride – they feel that luck is on their side.

If one does not pay close attention to the cards that they are dealt, however, they are sure to lose.

There is the process of eliminating players in the game until there are two players left.

It is then that the real game begins.

"All right…you ready, Kenji?"

"…As ready as I'll ever be…"

"Ok then – let's play!"