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A Shadow and A Silhouette


Carl Reader

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2013 Carl Reader

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return it to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author. As a memoir, this book is composed only of memories. Therefore, all characters in this book also are purely memories and not real. Any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is strictly coincidental.


One, two, three, four … my head bounced off of the red-brick wall. Two men had grabbed me suddenly from behind on that street in North Philly after midnight and pushed me up against the falling-down, decrepit row house. Then they proceeded to play upright basketball with my noggin with a ferocity I could never have imagined. Why my head was being smashed into the wall over and over I knew immediately. I had come to find her. She was gone and I had come to find her in the middle of the slum after midnight. I didn't question that I deserved what I was getting, as my head bounced again and again off the bricks.

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