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Pick A Pocket Of Sunshine
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TITLE (EDIT)
Pick A Pocket Of Sunshine
DESCRIPTION
What a beautiful day for petty crime!
[379 words]
AUTHOR
Susan Brassfield Cogan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author of MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT,
Read a review from OVER MY DEAD BODY:
http://www.overmydeadbody.com/ladymarg.htm
Order now from Amazon.com http://countess.notlong.com
Please visit my website: http://www.coganbooks.net

[September 2005]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
susan-brassfield@ou.edu
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (12)
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Life, Death, And A Guitar (Short Stories) Life can turn on a dime and sometimes the guitar doesn't make it. [480 words] [Crime]
Murder On The Waterfront (Novels) Lady Margaret is an artist and amateur sleuth, Monahan is a hardboiled detective. Together they solve a murder with international implications. [2,358 words]
Nanotech (Short Stories) Alien technology is not for everyone! [971 words]
Path To The Top Of The M Ountain (Short Stories) You never know who is walking beside you. [500 words]
She Dances Down By The River (Short Stories) Danger in the firelight. [453 words]
The Assassin (Short Stories) What lurks in the chill of the night? [440 words]
The Honor Of A Lady (Short Stories) Steel is drawn when the honor of a lady is besmirched. [321 words] [Humor]
The King's Best Soldier (Short Stories) Beric races for home, haunted by a Dakhanni demon. [1,270 words]
The Stone Of Immortality (Short Stories) Do you want to live forever? [1,145 words]
Wicked They Come (Short Stories) What is making that darned noise? [2,930 words] [Science Fiction]
Pick A Pocket Of Sunshine
Susan Brassfield Cogan

Such a wonderful morning with great weather. I was working a bus stop as one of my favorite characters, the middle-aged washerwoman with a heart of gold. Mrs. Doubtfire with just enough Tugboat Annie to add some flavor. I'd already lifted the nice young man's wallet and watch but I wanted his fat class ring. Sully lay sprawled at one end of the kiosk and snored with his mouth open. Sully liked to play homeless bum. He was a natural. He even smelled faintly of piss. Young Mr. Mark who sat between us on the bus bench gave Sully the eye and edged toward me a quarter of an inch.

"I gave him a couple of dollars the other day," I whispered. "I said to him 'Now you spend this on some food, you hear me?'" Sully snored like a chainsaw and the mark stared at him like he was a pile of dog shit. I could see the bus in the distance. I knew if I was going to get that ring, I'd better get a move on. I leaned over the young man and poked Sully. "Wake up! The bus is here!"

Sully opened one eye. I got what felt like a cigarette lighter out of the guy's coat pocket and dropped it in the shopping bag at my feet as the bus lumbered up to the stop. I hung back and fussed with my bag while the young man said goodbye in a nice way, and stepped up to the bus door. Sully shuffled toward the bus, tripped and bumped into the mark. The young man jumped about a foot and Sully muttered something I couldn't hear. Then he changed course and took off down the sidewalk.

I rushed up. "Young man!" I said, grabbing his hand. "I saw that homeless man take your wallet!" He felt his hip pocket, said a nasty word and then sprinted after Sully who suddenly woke up and ran fleet as a deer. The young man gave chase, yelling for Sully to stop and for someone to call 911.

The class ring was warm and heavy in my hand. "Wonderful morning, don't you think!" I said to the driver as I climbed the steps into the bus. The driver agreed. Wonderful morning.

 

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"Wonderful! Susan, you truly are good at writing these sorts of stories. Your style is inviting and holds a reader. I truly enjoyed this short but great piece" -- e. rocco caldwell.
"The most milage I've seen anyone get from 379 words! Great Write!" -- Monte.

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 2003 Susan Brassfield Cogan
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
October 2003
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