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He's lonely or lost or scared or ill or all.

He says he's independently wealthy but I've seen him starving. He shuffles up, shrugs, "Have you got ten? I left my wallet in my other coat" and then buys smokes. He never pays you back.

He knows everyone and he knows everyone's sister's boyfriend's mate's brother.

Said he nearly murdered a kid who swore at his mother, says it with the gravity of a schoolyard boast.

Doesn't need a lift, his mate needs him to run his twenty grand system at the casino. But I see him on the bus.

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    Drew Martyn over 4 years ago

    An extraordinarily sympathetic look at someone who at first glance may not evoke any sympathy at all. Excellent drabble, gets my vote :)

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    D.M. over 4 years ago

    Gets mine, too. I like the sound of "shuffle" "shrug".

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    Kate over 4 years ago

    We all know someone like this right lol
    Nice drabble. thank you

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