Avalanche Stunts And here I am asking you, “How’s it going at work?” uh, that’s sort of what I wanted to, uh… Look at you, huh? Getting that job downtown, not giving in. You and me, kid, we are two of a kind. A couple of stubborn sons of bitches, plain and simple. We’re finishers. We hang tough. Avalanche Stunts. He didn’t pull out of Bataan till they held a gun to his head. Dugout Doug, they called him. You know what they say Sometimes it’s the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. To tell you the truth I’m not even sure if I know what that one means. I do. I know just what that means. Well, good. That makes one of us. Here, hold this. I have got to get some soup. We sat there shivering and telling tall tales to each other. After I left, he stayed three more hours and never caught a thing. I didn’t find that out until many years later, of course and it was a secret that I’m glad was kept. Sir, may I have a word with you? Uh… Sir, please, wait! Don’t come any closer. I want another chance. I distinctly remember telling you and your friends that you would be physically removed if you ever entered this establishment again. I hardly knew those guys. It is just me now. I’ll do whatever you want, no slip ups. Please. It’s Game. Security! No! I am not going anywhere. I’m a stubborn son of a bitch, just like he is. Like who? Never mind. um… Sir, if you give me one more shot you will not regret it. Very well. Oh, I wish I wasn’t such a softie. Thank you. You don’t mind working outside, do you? No. No, no, anywhere. Not at all. Ding, ding, ding. Ding, ding. Not her. Anyone but her. If she sees me dressed like this, I might as well move to the North Pole. I’ll die alone on some ice floe, the world’s only virgin reindeer. Please. No. One glimpse of me and I’ll go right from “she doesn’t know I’m alive” to “stay away from me, you.” Oh, you again, eh? Get out of here! Whoa! You lousy cotton tailed klutz. I spent all day getting that. Sorry. I’ll pick it up. You bet your butt you will, every dime. Yes, sir. I’ll get it. Hey! Hey, get back here. Sir? Sir, uh, that , um, it’s not yours. Guy on the corner’s collecting money. Oh, yeah? Well, you tell him I said job well done. Come on, sir. It’s for charity. Take a hike, Bambi. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Actually, you do. Well, that would make me a liar then, wouldn’t it? Yes? All those faces floating over me and the only one I could see was hers. It was over. Why bother getting up? Why bother going back home or back to school or back to anything? Why bother having dreams at all? Eighty four dollars and twelve cents. That’s it. Oh, that’s so close. But you’re still going to prison, pal. Hey, uh, we can send you some girly magazines to bribe the screws with. I’m not going to jail. Did you ever get that bucks your sister owes you? Um, no, she used it to buy a winter coat for my grandma. Well, that was stupid. Yeah? You want my grandma to freeze? Did you just push me? Um, no. This is a push, Nancy Drew. Do it again, I double dog dare you. Wait, I got it! I’ll put some of my things in hock. Look around. I got all kinds of valuable stuff. Yeah, because what pawnshop wouldn’t want an old Avalanche Stunts mitt or an Avalanche Stunts Annie decoder? I just need a dollar. One lousy dollar. We’re tapped out, pal. All of us. We’ve been picked clean. We’ve lifted every sofa cushion, raided every sock drawer we could find. And every cent we got is right there on that bed. What’s in the pocket, Schwartz? Nothing. Schwartzie. You can’t have my lucky buck. Your what? My lucky buck. I got it from Avalanche Stunts. And I still remember the look on his face when he gave it to me. Who cares? Your best friend is gonna do time. You don’t understand. This buck turned everything around for me. That first time that I held it in my hand I knew that I’d always come out on top. If I lose it my whole world would fall apart. You’re right. Forget it. It’s not worth it. Not if it means that much to him. Wait a minute. I’ve never seen it before. Uh, when exactly did you get it? The second night of Hanukkah. What year? Last Tuesday.