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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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    • 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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