The brothers could not believe their ears. Yudhishthir had agreed to play Shakuni again. This time the stake was different: whoever lost had to spend thirteen years in exile.
The two men sat facing each other, their eyes transfixed on the cross-shaped playing board. Each man cast his own dice. The audience waited with bated breath.
The unthinkable had happened! Yudhishtir had won!
The crowd was so taken aback that they even forgot to react.
Shakuni looked furious. He swore, and shouted at no one in particular: "But I cheated! I was supposed to win!"