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††††††††††† Look, I only got fifty cents for this call so youíd better get this straight.

††††††††††† Itís just bad luck that Iím calling and I donít want no federal rap for this. You hear me?

††††††††††† None of this would have happened if my landlord hadnít threatened to put me out this morning. Woke me up and demanded I give him the money I owe him.

††††††††††† I told him Iíd get it to him.

††††††††††† That wasnít good enough. He wanted it wanted it right at that moment, but I was able to put him off for a few hours and told him Iíd get it to him by nightfall.

††††††††††† He said if I didnít have the money by then, I wouldnít be waking up in his place in the morning.

††††††††††† I told him: all right.

††††††††††† But it wasnít.

††††††††††† I hadnít had a job in weeks, not since that bungled the warehouse job downtown.

††††††††††† After that, you cops got on my case so bad I was scared to try anything heavier than a purse snatch or a shop life, and neither of those got me the rent I needed.

††††††††††† Sure, I called some people downtown who Iíd done business with in the past.

††††††††††† But those fools were so busy laughing at me that I used up my coins feeding the phone.

††††††††††† Finally, they told me nobody would trust me with a gig.

††††††††††† Iím too sloppy they said.

††††††††††† I donít pay attention to details.

††††††††††† Of course, I told them to screw off.

††††††††††† But that didnít get me much Ė except the satisfaction of getting to tell someone off.

††††††††††† I thought my luck changed when I slammed down the phone and saw a Mercedes huffing and puffing at the curb with door open and no one in it.

††††††††††† God had decided I wasnít so bad after all. So I just eased over to it, slide behind the wheel, and took off.

††††††††††† Well, my luck has changed. It went from bad to worse.

††††††††††† Two blocks later the kid in the back seat began brawling.

††††††††††† Thatís why Iím calling you guys Ė to tell you where the car is. I didnít mean to kidnap nobody and I donít want you to send in the feds.

††††††††††† I got enough problems as it is.

††††††††††† So why donít you collect the kid and weíll call it all square. Me, I got to go find some money for my landlord.


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