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Sugar comas. Alcohol poisoning. ) who wander amidst shelves crowded with stuff. Bright orange Sno-Cones? I’ve been gone so long from the world, I didn’t know Halloween’s in two months. Near the end of aisle one, thick rubber slats divide the store. Midshelf, next to my left hand, a notebook. Blue. College ruled, 150 sheets, three subjects. 9 1/2 x 6 inches. It fits perfectly under my shirt. The rubber parts. A girl steps out. She reeks of cheap perfume and cigarettes. Her long hair brushes my arm.
I stand there, hold the phone and breath. Very stalkerish. “Hello? ” I imagine the operator asks, Is this an emergency? I want her to ask because I want to tell someone, even a stranger, “In fact it is an emergency. ” “Page Net,” I remember. ” “Please hold for—” The operator cuts herself off. Left, a flash of blue. Cops! I drop the phone. CALM. DOWN. Not a cop. Businessman carrying a briefcase and dressed in a dark blue suit (another uniform). I’m surrounded by clones. 4-1-1. Redial. ” I read the number.
Death is careful, watching my every move. I kneel, lift the camouflage pants and unzip the kicks’ velcro side pouch. Birthday money. ” I found the plain white envelope, no return address, stuck between catalogues. The crisp bill was stuck inside. She knew; somehow my mother knew: Her son would need that money. Coz someday, he would need to escape, run for his life. Same as her. Daddy Saddam has that effect on people. I slip out the hundred. Deliberate, I place the bill on the tray. Green against silver.
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