Red Eyes: Strictly Business

Robert Quick

Where the -@!# did my muse go?

Writer, dreamer, knight, shackled by entertainment . . . and people.

Story is marked as mature.

The Indian man stiffened and turned his back to restock the cigarette case. “Nothing, man. I don't know anything.”

Lamar shook the last of the chip crumbs into his mouth and tossed the bag onto the floor. “I'm not saying you know everything but folks come in here all the time. You talk with them. And murders are always a topic of conversation. Come on, what have you heard?”

As he talked, Lamar pulled little zip-locked bags of weed, cocaine, and ritalin out of his pockets and placed them on the counter. “I'm as serious as cancer here, Ashish. J.J. was a dealer. You and me are dealers. If I can't find out what happened one of us could be next. I'd hate to lose you.”

“I'm sure it would break your fucking heart.” Ashish said.

"Again with the anger. It's not good for business, my man. You can dislike me. Shit, you can fucking hate me, if you want. But like it or not, we're in this together."

Ashish opened up the special drawer under the register and put the bags into their own compartments, shaking his head.

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I really like this world you're creating. I read it out of order but it actually piqued my interest more by starting in the middle then going back, and then skipping to the end. The voice you have here, the tone -- it's just as gritty and dark as the streets you're describing. I really like it, I want to read more.

  • #2665 Posted 6 years ago
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Your dialogue is so compelling.

  • #2667 Posted 6 years ago
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