Excerpt from Alleys and Broken Dreams: 2 #amwriting

“I thought you’d take me to one of your shelters.”  Robert was fixing his own plate when Stephen spoke again. Robert looked up; there was a note of censure in Stephen’s voice. He took in the paleness and the sweat beading on Stephen’s face; the kid was hurting bad.

“Sit down before you fall down.” Robert ordered as he brought two plates over to the table and put one plate down at the chair across from his. “Is that what you want me to do? Drop you off in a shelter?”

“Yes! No, hell I don’t know Robert.” Stephen sighed and pulled out the seat. “I don’t want to be a bother and there are people out there far worse off than me.”

“I’m rarely here, and the way I see it you’re pretty bad off.” Robert dug into his food; he spoke plainly with Stephen just the way he always did. “You’re broke, you’re homeless and until you no longer look like Satan’s punching bag, you’re unemployed.”

“Thanks for the pep talk.” Stephen’s remark was wryly spoken, but there was a hint of a smile on his face as he hesitantly sampled the lasagna. Apparently it met with his approval because he began to eat with gusto and talking between bites. “Either way, I’m not looking for a handout.”

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Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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