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The Vig of Love

Love's expensive. Who can afford it?
So you borrow from the bad guys, lay
your body down for collateral,
but the vig's ridiculous. No choice
but to pay and pay. Every day it's
just a matter of interest. You'll
never even scratch the principal.   
But love's a gamble, right? Sometimes it
comes up red. Other times, it comes up
black. Go ahead. Put down all you're worth.
Hope for the really really big score.

From The Vig of Love.