"I don't know what you think of me," said the woman creeping toward Brice in the darkness. "Keep Margaret out of helping these kids."
"She's doing what she needs to," Brice slid the key in the door, ignoring her words. He needed allies.
"My sister got crap thrown at her. And I was the only one there for her."
"I'll be there for her too."
"You just use her up like the DPS by demoralizing and dampen her soul."
"I have seen what happens when you left alone to fight in DPS." Brice said. She favored her sister around her eyes. He made too many promises tonight that he needed to keep. Margaret's sister descended the stairs and turned around a couple times. "Check your mailbox. That's where my ex-brother-in-law found a mistress."
Brice stood guard on his porch until she reached her car and drove off. Pulling a paper from his mailbox, he read an application form for a prostitution job. It included lines requesting for previous employer names and addresses, if applicable. The company slogan written in bold letters across the top -Rising Enterprise Company Built Five Years Strong. Got to be Jason and his cronies. Brice unlocked his door pushing it open. He clapped, no lights.
He folded the paper and tucked in the book he had shoved in his pants. Feeling his way to the living room, his foot bummed into his shattered lamp on the floor. The kitchen light flickered over his milk, hamburger, and Doritos on the floor.
Brice's phone rang upstairs. He trampled through the broken glass then upstairs. He switched the light on in his bedroom.
"Hey," Brice said.
"Brice Frankel, this is Officer Newberry. I need you at address 94…
Brice pulled the phone from his ear. He heard the address as cabinets' doors slammed. Who is tearing the house up? Rob it but don't tear up.
"Be here tonight, it's easy to find," Newberry said.
Brice crept down the stairs. He kept in the darkness as he snuck a peek at who was in the kitchen. He eased himself further into the light ray that fell over the entrance.
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