Cross Block

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Sweat dribbled down her face as she watched the truck come.

“¿Does anyone have any excess steps I could borrow? ¿Please?” Her pitch was rising.

A walking-by guy said, “I only have them in bulk blocks–& I don’t have ‘nough to give a whole block ‘way.”


The walking-by guy scratched his temple & looked round himself.

“I can make change.”

The roaming cashier walked into view & stopped before the walking-by guy. He opened his register & held out a wad o’ 200 steps. The walking-by guy traded a block for them, flipped through the steps, & handed 20 to the original.

“¿Is that ‘nough?”

“Yes, thank you.”

The truck came. But nobody was there to be hit by it.


Cashier, Infusion, Pedestrian