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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...
    • artman4444 01/08/2012
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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....
    • artman4444 01/07/2012
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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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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 12
    • Greg traversed around with only one crutch now. He found that if he was able to ease up some of the weight of his stride, the pain in his ass was...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 11
    • "the park it is," Greg says in a fake british voice, "your taxi awaits"Donny laughs politely at his bad impression. "you should lay off the weed,...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 10
    •     Greg turned on his stereo in this back office. The music from the show room comes to life in the office. Donny gives a goofy grin as he...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 9
    • Greg first thought of the mother again while he was driving back from the storage garage. He pictured her smile, and the gratitude in her one...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 8
    • After countless hours of sleep, Greg awoke and examined his surroundings. It took his dazed consciousness awhile to sort out where he was. He was...
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    • Like Riding a Bike
    • Man, this is nutsIt's been so long since I've written a story. I thought there would be a lot of cobwebs to brush clear from my brains...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 7
    • Once his large body became accustomed to the painkillers, Greg's situation did not seem so rosy anymore. He did not have health insurance. The...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 6
    • A detective came to interview Greg about what happened. The man was gruff and impatient, and rubbed Greg the wrong way. The cop seemed to be...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 5
    • Greg had to be told the next several minutes of what happened later. He had no recollection of the EMT's hauling him and Robert out of there....
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 4
    • In a cruel twist of fate, the crackhead was already planning to make a final visit to Greg and his store. Once he had procured his getaway...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 3
    • Greg walks quickly to the corner where the woman described the car jacking and abduction.Greg's sharp green eyes scan the intersection, looking...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 2
    • That morning, like many mornings when the holidays swung around, Greg stared at the card. He turned it over in his hand every few minutes, unable...
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    • I'm pretty much done with ebaumsworld. Most of the responses and criticisms seem to come from incredibly angry teenage boys or at least adults...
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    • Those Crazy Artists
    • Artists are crazy people that can create. Their insane perspective is so unique that people are awakened from the dull-drums of everyday...
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    • To Be a Politician
    • This entire poem was inspired by a lyric by Nirvana from a song called Pen Cap Chew from the Bleach album. Kurt Cobain wrote "Kill a Politician...
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    • A New Revolution
    • I write and write and write and write but how many ways can it be said? Im tired of this oppressive world, I wish it all was dead In god we...
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    • Code of Silence
    • I want to rise above the fold Dig deep beneath the lies we've been told Tell the truth, as it really is not make up stories in the  journalism...
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    • Lesson Learned
    • What will happen, with the dollar collapse? Its an important question, that no one will ask The  reason for working, and fighting, and dying what...
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    • Failure Dance
    • Well, its one step forward, two steps back fall on your ass, you just got knocked flatPick yourself up, then its back down You trip, and flip For...
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    • Last Gasp
    • I'm counting the days, the hours, the minutes how long must we wait, til sanitys at its limit? The clock always ticks, despite death and loss The...
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