Who is telling the story "Ace in the Hole"?
The story is being told by Fred “Ace” Anderson, a man who is stuck in the glory of his youth.
Ace Anderson is not having a good day. He got fired at work because he could not park a car into a space that was too small. This is a problem because he works for a car dealership, and when you work for a car dealership you are generally not supposed to dent two of the cars.
Fred’s mother does not approve of his wife, Evey. When he stops by her house to pick up his daughter Bonnie, she tells him that if Evey is not happy with him for getting fired, they can always come back to live with her.
“[Any] time Evey thinks she can do better, there’s room for you and Bonnie right in your father’s house.”
Ace is immature and a little too wrapped up in his looks and former glory. He doesn’t seem ready to grow up and focus on his wife and baby. The fact that he would prefer that everyone called him Ace, as they did when he was the high school basketball star, is an example, but everyone calls him Fred because that is his real name and most people believe that it is time for him to grow up.
He tries to avoid telling Evey that he got fired, but she already knows, so he just pretends he doesn’t care. She wants to be angry with him, but he wants to dance.
He flipped his own hair back from his eyes. The music ate through his skin and mixed with the nerves and small veins; he seemed to be great again, and all the other kids were around them, in a ring, clapping time.
In the end, they are both kids. Neither of them are ready for the responsibilities of the world at that moment, and Fred gets to be Ace again, with just his “baby” (and no actual baby), and no real world. In that moment, Evey gives in.