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Carlos Armando Rodriguez (C-Rod for short) was eleven. His neighborhood wasn't the best, but his Boys and Girls Club sure was. Sponsored by the Red Sox, C-Rod had in his pocket a baseball signed by Ellsbury, Big Pappi, Pedroia and Veritek. He received it today for getting straight A's on his report card. Life was good.
C-Rod began kicking a beer can down the street as he entered the scariest part of his walk home. Directly ahead was the "alley of doom", where the gang-bangers hung out. Clutching his baseball tightly, Carlos crossed the street before hearing the older boy shout, "Hey, C-Rod, you little s***. Give me that f*****g ball. NOW!"
There was nowhere to run. Carlos spun around and hightailed it to the stoop of the house behind him. Surprisingly, the front door opened, and a hand reached out and pulled the boy inside.
What a lucky day. (150)
Sorry, you guys. I just finished another Stephen King this week, Gerald's Game. I guess that my mind is still on the horrible, everyday things that COULD happen, lol.
Have a great weekend,
I am participating in Lisa's Book Blurb Friday, from over at Writing in the Buff. It is fun, and you can play too! Pretend that the picture above is the cover of a book. Thank you to Lisa's son Joey for giving us this week's inspiring photo! On the inside jacket, you have 150 words to entice the reader to buy your book. Lisa gives us a week to think about next week's entry (she's gracious like that). Please CLICK HERE to read what everybody else wrote!
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