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Finger Food by Gary Ives

Finger Food

by Gary Ives
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Slide… clang… click… The barred gate shut; the skinny old bull from Classification unlocked my cuffs and walked me into the issue room.

“Oh my, it’s the return of the prodigal bum. Nice to see you back home, dumbshit. How was the vacation?”

He couldn’t have put it much clearer. I had been a dumbshit and damned if I wasn’t back in slam. In my cell, my head on a mattress that smelled of moth balls I recalled my eight months of freedom. I should’ve listened, I should’ve fuckin’ listened. Aw shit.

My second day outta stir had gone down so smooth, like greased tracks smooth. The Social Services lady, Mrs. Nixon, had liked me. I could sense it. Twenty-two years at Attica was equivalent to a Ph.D. in reading emotions. Yeah twenty-two years served on a life sentence. Me, I’d gone down hard for offing a shitbag Puerto Rican who’d burned me for two kilos. I played up to the near-sighted old hen.

“Yes ma’am, whatever it takes, ma’am. All I want, really… what I need… is employment. I understand that’s the key, Mrs. Nixon. You get me a jay… oh… bee, job, and I swear by the Holy Bible ain’t no way Tony Spallano is ever gonna go back to them bad old ways. No ma’am.”


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About the Author

Gary Ives

Gary Ives lives with his wife and two big dogs far, far away where he grows apples and writes. Publishing credits at garyives.wordpress.com.

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Finger Food by Gary Ives

Finger Food

My second day outta stir had gone down so smooth, like greased tracks smooth. The Social Services lady, Mrs. Nixon, had liked me. I could sense it. Twenty-two years at Attica was equivalent to a Ph.D. in reading emotions. Yeah twenty-two years served on a life sentence. Me, I’d gone down hard for offing a shitbag Puerto Rican who’d burned me for two kilos. I played up to the near-sighted old hen.

“Yes ma’am, whatever it takes, ma’am. All I want, really… what I need… is employment. I understand that’s the key, Mrs. Nixon. You get me a jay… oh… bee, job, and I swear by the Holy Bible ain’t no way Tony Spallano is ever gonna go back to them bad old ways. No ma’am.”

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