Ridiculously Early Sneak Peek: Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. (Opening Scene, Part 2)
I didn’t know what to say.
Her eyes narrowed. “I know you,” she said. “You’re the girlie who dropped eighty-five cents in the cup. And sixty another time.”
My parents said not to give money to street people, that there were better ways of helping, which maybe made sense but didn’t feel right. So all I thought at that moment was: eighty-five cents and sixty cents—not much.
“Sorry,” I said, “but that was all I had on me and—”
Before I could finish, strong hands were pushing me to the side and voices were calling “Get back, out of the way.” Two cops had arrived and were clearing space around the woman. I ended up behind some tall people. An ambulance came roaring up, siren blaring. I caught glimpses of EMTs hopping out, feeling her pulse, clamping an oxygen mask over her face, rolling her onto a stretcher, and hoisting her into the back of the ambulance. The crowd lost interest fast, everyone dispersing, giving me a clear view, and what I saw was the woman’s arm dangling down from the stretcher and something slipping off her wrist and falling into the gutter. I went forward and picked it up. It was a braided leather bracelet, possibly a charm bracelet, although only a single charm hung from it – a tiny silver heart.
“You dropped this,” I called, just as the ambulance doors were closing. No one inside noticed me, except for the woman. Her eyes were looking right into mine and seemed to be trying to send some message, but I didn’t get whatever it was. The doors slammed shut, and the ambulance took off. I ran a step or two after it before giving up. Then I put the charm bracelet in my pocket and hurried to school.
For Part One of the opening, please see last Sunday’s post (2nd entry at the link):
Welcome Cotton from Venezuela, Reho, Debo Dukes and Daisy Dukes.
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