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The Bag Man
by Dorrie Lloyd
Charlie's feet hurt. Sweat leaked between his toes.
He shifted weight fromfoot to foot, leaned on the shopping cart, rubbed his
back against the building. Nothing helped. He'd glared at the blonde pony-tailed
woman standing on the corner for an hour. Long enough to burn a hole in her
head. She hadn't moved.
The brimmed hat didn't help. He was hot. The corner had a tree. And a fire
hydrant to rest his butt on.
Red Dave shuffled up. "Whatcha doin' here, Charlie?" He wiped
the back of his dirty hand against his mustard-smeared mouth and looked at
"Watch my stuff, willya?" Charlie scuffled off without waiting
for an answer. Red would wait. Charlie shambled toward the blonde.
"Have some water," she said, pointing a bottle toward him. He
She laughed. "Your corner? It's a public street." Charlie looked
at her. "Sorry, bud," she said. The smile disappeared. "I
need to stay put. Here's a couple of bucks. Go buy yourself a bottle. I'll
be gone by the time you're finished."
Charlie looked at the water bottles and the stuffed shopping bag. He sighed.
"Yep" He stretched and held his hat in the air. A dented blue
Ford careened up to the curb.
"I'm a cop. You're under arrest." Charlie smiled at her widened
eyes. Red trotted up, puffing slightly. "We'll give you a receipt for
the drugs," Red said, picking up the shopping bag. "And the water.".