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Not even. Odd. And lucky. A lucky number when you have three of them. Big prizes. Big money.

Jackpot.

Three sevens. A good number of sevens. Solid and strong like a triangle. Even distribution of weight. A squared plus B squared equals see squared.

See scared.

Three plus seven is ten. And that’s a little scary, because it’s the first of the double digits and the number in the ones isn’t a number at all, but rather nothing.

A one in the tens, that means something, but a big fat 10 is just something and nothing.

Throw another three on top. Double the threes, double the trees. Double the strength of the number.

But then holy shit oh my god oh my dear you’ve at thirteen.

And we all know that’s the worst of them all.

So, what do you do to the seven? Chop off his head and you’ll have a one and then it slides right up next to that three and you’re at thirteen again.

Smush them together and you have a B. And a B is a two but it’s also brave and boisterous and becoming and blameless.

The story of numbers is an exploration and somewhere along the way they all will be good and sensical but this goddamn seven.

Fourteen

Forty-Nine.

All bad.

Maybe 21 is okay. But no, no it isn’t because then you’re back to sevens and threes and inevitably thirteens.

Seven and a three and one more seven.

Twenty.

Two

One.

Prime.

Safety in numbers.

Safety in isolation.

That is the chamber.

Keep one in.

Just in case.

Continue to Chapter Eighteen.