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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 37
    • "hello, sir" Gus says, extending his hand. Greg studies the palm for a split second before shaking it. Hopefully Gus didn't notice. Gus' hand...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 36
    •     Greg chauffeurs Donny to the Methadone clinic in the nicest car either guy had been in before. Greg's own family had been lower middle class....
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 35
    • Greg utters a strange fluttering hum from within his diaphragm. It is the sound of pent up joy escaping. The flood of endorphins swoons through...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 34
    • "Yeah, I know," Greg says absently, as he produces his cell phone and scrolls through the contacts. He first called his friend that lent him the...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 33
    • Gregs alarm blared its aggravating tone. With a groan, Greg swatted it off. Time to rebuild, was his first thought of the morning. After locking...
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    • The Roaring Twenties
    • I wrote this for a history assignment in high school. Not bad for being that old.THE ROARING TWENTIES The twenties were a time of liquor and...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 32
    • It was tough love, Greg kept telling himself. It was the reason Donny was toiling in servitude. Donny worked at a fevered pace. He loaded the car...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 31
    • The next morning, Greg kept his store closed again. Sure enough, Donny was dropped off by Ben at 10 oclock on the dot. Greg waves goodbye as Ben...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 30
    • Donny is pretty quick when he wants to be. Greg finds himself panting after following him only a short distance.     Donny, wait up, Greg huffs,...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 29
    • The cluttered boxes took up the back seat, like unruly children crammed together. Greg found himself holding the Lebaron steering wheel in a...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 28
    • Greg took the final Oxy later that night, to help him sleep (or at least he told himself.) A strange sensation filled Greg as he stared at the...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 27
    • Greg trotted through the Hallways of the ICU. Green gave way to Red, then to Blue, as he worked his way up the Intensive Care severity chain. The...
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    • Poetry Quotes
    • A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. Salman...
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    • Music as a Weapon
    • Beethoven fought wars, on his piano Bach had battles, on harpsichord Musicians do not, drop bombs from above The notes outrun rockets that...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 26
    • Julie provides a distraction from their high-strung emotions, and a way to connect to each other as well. Julie seems to remember Greg. She...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 25
    • Greg nervously drummed his hands against the counter. He was humming to himself, a tune he couldnt place. He had heard it over the speakers of...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 24
    • Diane had indeed moved since last Greg spoke to her, whenever that was. Lets just say Greg had to get a few new calendars since then. The woman...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 23
    • The phone began to ring. And Ring, and ringIt went to her voicemail. Greg listened to a calm version of Rebeccas voice over the message. It...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 22
    • While returning from his successful business trip, Greg saw the letter taped to the front door of his shop. Gregs balls clenched in reflex. What...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 21
    •     Greg had closed up the shop early for this occasion. The pawn store was bustling with activity all day. Greg was steadily racking up return...
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    • End Times
    • As things begin, to come to a close, Dark times are ahead, I think everyone knows Weve had a good run, but all things must end Im not the only...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 20
    • Greg sat on the toilet, but he was not performing a bodily function. He was slouched over in his ratty blue bathrobe. The strings of his robe...
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    • Credit Card Shovels
    • Hey there, pal, and how are you?Don't mean to burst your bubble,But the housing market crashed,And everything's in troubleStocks have taken a...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 19
    • Greg phoned Ben the following day. They chatted amiably enough. Greg had a proposal for selling some of Ben's computers at the pawn shop. They...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 18
    • Donny slept on the return journey, which was fine with Greg. It was soothing to drive through a snowfall, and Greg enjoyed the ride back. It...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 17
    • "So," Greg says somewhat loudly, to be heard over the roaring engine, "Are you sure it was the cops that beat you up???"Donny turns his head and...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 16
    • Greg awoke in the motel bed. His eyes looked at the ceiling, which had blotches of dark water-stained areas. It wasn't the most fancy, but it had...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 15
    •     Over the next few weeks, Customers gradually began to fill the store. Whenever someone mentioned Donny's name, Greg made a mental note. It...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 14
    • Greg stood staring at the TV. the hole in the screen was surely no larger than an inch in circumference. But still, it was an expensive hole....
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 13
    • The next morning, Greg took special care to groom himself. He had neglected his appearance for too long. In retrospect, he should've tidied...
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