By Walter Dean Myers
The itch starts off whilst issues get too heavy for Lil J. dermis popping or stealing discomfort drugs from his mother support him sit back. yet Lil J's concentration is wandering simply because funds is brief, and his guy Rico is familiar with how to make a few fast money. it truly is imagined to be a simple deal, however it is not so basic while the customer is an undercover cop. With a gunshot wound to the arm, Rico in penitentiary, and a police officer clinging to lifestyles, Lil J is commencing to get dope ailing. He'd do something to alter the final twenty-four hours, and whilst he stumbles into an deserted crack condominium, it really may be attainable. . . . Walter Dean Myers weaves parts of magical realism right into a harrowing tale approximately drug use, violence, trade perceptions of fact, and moment possibilities.
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Look to me like you’ve been making garbage for a while and dragging it with you. ” Somebody had their radio going, and I heard 35 it playing a drum-and-bass jam. It was pounding like my heart was pounding, but it had more rhythm. ” I asked. ” Kelly asked. “You standing here shaking and sweating and wondering if you gonna make it through the night. ” “I don’t know about the chump part, but I like being spooky,” Kelly said. “You know, like you meet up with somebody in the dark and they see you spooky, they start paying attention.
He got another half bag, cooked that up, and hit the line. ” “Yeah. So I called him on it,” I said. “If the deal didn’t go down, we could say the white boy didn’t show correct or we saw some wrong-looking dudes hanging around. ” “Yeah. ” “So then it was time to go do the thing and Rico had said we should carry a piece in case somebody tried to rip us off,” I said. “I didn’t think no white 33 boy trying to cop in the middle of Harlem was looking to rip nobody off, so it wasn’t a big thing. ” Kelly asked.
27 “If you making big bucks, you need to be getting big hits,” Rico was saying. Yeah, all that was good. But I didn’t dream about making big money. I just dreamed about getting a decent crib for me and Mama, a steady job, and, most of all, not being broke sick. Dusty Phillips had some hard-ass people working for him, some ugly mothers who look like they went to their first communion in them orange jumpsuits prisoners be wearing. He operated from the back of a ninety-nine-cent store. They hardly had anything in the store, and everybody in the neighborhood knew not to go in there.
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers