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When I was a young man, I worked for a time in a garage in Oakland, sleeping in my car, halfway down the block. I was celibate, searching for my life, walking like God in obedience to my God, waiting for my time.

On one of my days off I was walking, just over into Berkeley, and was stopped by a man my age, who was waiting on the sidewalk with a girl.

"Ya got any spare change, man?" He asked me.

I noticed the expensive, tooled-leather boots he was wearing. "No, man," I said, "but I'll give you three dollars for the boots."

He immediately sat down on the sidewalk and began pulling off his boots. The girl started to protest, but didn't know what to say, and turned to him, mutely begging him not to. He ignored her. As he rose from the sidewalk, extending the boots in one hand, I gave him the money.

"Here's the three bucks, you can keep the boots," I said.





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Ha ha ha
Pretty hip little story.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: June 12, 2004 )

The Boots
I love the ending, was so happy he got to keep the boots. Touched my heart. Great write!!!

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: June 12, 2004 )

not really fiction

This is really something I experienced when I was 26, sometime back in the Cenozoic. I only posted it under flash fiction because we don't have a category for personal reminescense.

I didn't really need the boots.

( Posted by: johnlibertus [Member] On: June 19, 2004 )

awwe some read
thats was more than awesome..thanks

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