"I'm sorry officer," Yasmine said, taking her hand and shoving Brice face back to his side.
"I spent enough time with this." The police officer returned to his car then drove up next to Yasmine's car. "Get this straighten out." He sped off, heading down West Chicago.
"You got your family to bail you out, I don't." Yasmine rolled up the window.
"He wasn't going to arrest us I hit a nerve," Brice said.
"You're right, no cops are around when you need them," Yasmine merged into the traffic that had cars and school buses mixed in. "It's like more criminals than cops I only want to go out in the day light."
Daylight used to make the neighborhood safe but Mario's death changed it, Brice thought. He realized he ignored the violence when he returned. Holding on to the illusion it hadn't been that bad, teenagers' deaths had lessened. The truth that the killings in the community near Cody increased and the drug dealers became bold with their violence. If he accepted the truth, he wouldn't come back. The truth meant he had been defeated and he knew he wasn't a loser.
"Brice, be careful. I know you got to do this," Yasmine said, "just don't half ass it and disappear leaving people hanging."
"I don't do that," Brice paused. Shawn and she kept repeating that crap.
Yasmine rolled into the parking lot of the restaurant Everything Food next to the Pat's Coney Island. She turned her lights off.
"Is that why Shawn couldn't tell me the truth?"
"Pat's takes my business in the morning. The food smell good enough for me to eat."
Yasmine had the annoying habit of ignoring him when he needed an answer.
Brice left the car without saying a word and walk down Faust Ave. toward Cody. Few students joined up with him. Brice kept repeat words and fake laughs, trying to concentrate on the conversations with the students. Couldn't be true, Shawn wanted to help the kids. He wouldn't have sold drugs.
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