Who ever said life was fair?
I’ve seen too many things walking this stretch of the city. Kids, boys and girls, running from or to something, stumble and fall on their knees in an alleyway trying to score their next fix. Pimps slouch in cars bought on the backs of despair, watching to make sure they receive what they feel belongs to them. Dealers sling their poison a corner over, using craft earned by surviving the streets to avoid being hassled by the infrequent patrols that deign to make an appearance.
Expensive cars, driven by sweaty men working up the rationalization to cheat on their wives, circle the block. Some have already sold their souls and pull straight up to a favorite. Students, old enough to know better, but still stupid enough to care about showing off, slum with society’s cast-offs, hoping to see or experience a story to shock their more straight-laced dorm buddies. Often, they slink back to their parents’ teat without that story.
Those that see the story don’t come back. Sometimes, to their dismay, they are the story.
And you know what? You don’t care. Oh, I hear the bumper-sticker noises that squeak out of your mouths, “But…but, I volunteer at the homeless shelter and I give to charity.” Or, “It isn’t my fault! You make your own choices. You just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Then you go home, lock your doors, and shower off the filth-feeling from dealing with the dregs while thanking whatever Deity for His beneficence, while expecting praise for putting a band-aid on the sucking wound of society’s underbelly.
Like you somehow did something to earn it. You won a lottery, one you didn’t even enter. Did you ever stop and think about the fragility of life and how, in an instant, you could end up here with the refuse?
“Hey, baby! How much?”
I lean on the car door. “Hundred.”
A girl’s gotta survive.
Word Count: 327
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