Running in Place Sample

Dale:

After I paced around thinking about everything, I went back upstairs to my room. The first thing I noticed was the three pack of condoms on her nightstand. They were still unopened, but that didn’t matter, she was cheating. While I was sitting there Andrea walked in the room. I was so upset that I had completely forgotten about the kids. In fact I don’t know how they didn’t hear all of the yelling and wake up. “Can we have McDonald’s daddy?”

“Yeah honey, I’ll be in there to put you and Dale’s coats on in a minute.” Seeing Andrea’s cute little face made me feel a little better, but I was still in shock because the woman that I loved was gone with another guy. I couldn’t sit here and feel sorry for myself though because I still had my parental duties to perform. “Y’all put your shoes on,” I said to the kids as I walked into their room.

“Where’s mama?” Andrea asked.

“She went to the store, she’ll be back.” Just the thought of me having to lie about where she was made my stomach turn in knots. I wonder how she could run out on her kids like that. “Okay, let’s go get you guys something to eat,” I said.

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Jamal:

As we headed back to the car, the two guys who had asked me for the time walked back by. “What’s up,” I said as we passed them. Neither said anything, but less than a split second later, I felt something in my back.

“All right niggas, lay the fuck down,” they both yelled!

In an instant I knew what was in my back and I knew what was happening. Rico and I hit the ground faster than lightning. The first thing the one on me grabbed was my wallet, then my watch, then my gold necklace. After he got that, and the other guy got whatever he got from Rico, they took off running. My first instinct was to get up and chase them, but I thought better of that because I know guys like that won’t hesitate to shoot. Instead I lay on the ground a little longer just to make sure they were gone. “Are you all right?” I asked Rico when we got up.

“Yeah I’m straight, but they got my fucking rent money! Come on, let’s go call the police.”

While we were sitting there waiting for the police, my heart was pounding like crazy I mean with just one slip of that guys finger, I could’ve been dead. I hear about things like this all the time, but I never expected it to happen to me. And the thing is those guys couldn’t have been more than sixteen.

Luckily it didn’t take the police long to get here. The first thing he did was get me and Rico’s names and telephone numbers, then he asked us to describe the guys who robbed us. Since I had seen more of them than Rico, I gave the description. After that, he got a list of what was taken then left. Rico and I followed right behind him because we were going to make sure we got to the car this time.

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Rico:

Tori didn’t show up until the show was going off which was good for me because I don’t like being interrupted while I’m watching TV. She smelled so sweet when she walked through the door that I put the incense that I had just lit out. “You can put your coat on that chair,” I said. “Did you have any trouble finding the place?”

“No, I pretty much know my way around the city now.”

“Where are you from?”

“Cincinnati.”

Before we had known it, we had talked for almost an hour. When I mentioned that she was here to study, her voice dropped a little. “Why the change in the tone of your voice?” I asked.

“Because I don’t think I’m going to be able to pay my tuition,” she said on the edge of tears.

I just looked up in the air and started counting my blessings because this shit is getting to easy. “Come on now, it ain’t that bad,” I said before giving her a hug. That always seems to work.

“They said that if I don’t have a thousand dollars by next week, their going to send me home.”

“You don’t have anyone at home that can help?”

“My mom lost her job and I haven’t seen my dad since I was six years old.”

“Let me think,” I said, like I really had any money to spare.

“Do you think you could help?” She eagerly asked.

“I don’t know.”

“I’ll do anything to stay in school,” she said.

“I guess I could try to get half of it for you,” I said. When she heard that, her sad expression turned to one of relief. The only thing is I didn’t have the slightest idea how I would be able to get five hundred dollars that fast, and with the slave wages Hess pays I know I can’t count on that. I’ll worry about that when the time comes though, right now I want to see what she means by any­thing to stay in school.

It didn’t take long to find out however because before I knew it, my pants were off and Tori’s lips were working my dick well. As I was lying there knowing what was going to happen next, I couldn’t help but think back on today. I even got myself a pair of new shoes for free. About the only thing I didn’t do was go to a few clubs and pass out our demo to some of the people in the music business. Hope­fully I’ll get another day off within the next month to do that though.

After we finished, and we laid there half asleep, one of Ice Cubes songs came to mind “Today Was A Good Day,” that’s the only way I can put it into words.