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May 11th, 2009

DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, I've been doing audiobook reviews for SFSite, and my latest, a review of Green Lantern: Hero's Quest, is up at http://sfsite.com/05a/gr295.htm.

Here's another story I wrote, didn't think I'd place, and decided to post here .

Andre Sterling went to my school. Yes, the Andre Sterling of Sterling Software, buy cheap DIFLUCAN. The guy who bought every porn store and peep show in a twenty mile radius and turned them into arcades, pizza parlors, and movie theaters. The guy who started his own game company and took it global while he was still in junior high was in my class, only I didn’t know we were supposed to be impressed at the time, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. He wore jeans and sneakers like everyone else. He didn’t have a bodyguard. Purchase DIFLUCAN online no prescription, Frankly, I don’t think I’d have noticed if he’d ridden an elephant to school. I had my hands full just trying to survive. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, I’d get to school early and try to snag breakfast. I ran from table to table, asking, “Are you gonna eat that?” and pointing to whatever looked unwanted on their plates. I usually got fruit or vegetables for breakfast and lunch, comprar en línea DIFLUCAN, comprar DIFLUCAN baratos. It was food; I wasn’t picky. After classes, I’d run over to the Y to do my homework, then go out on the street, collecting bottles and cans for money for dinner.

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Anyway, I was behind Sal’s, absolutely starving and looking though the garbage for cans. Sal makes a great pizza and you could smell the cheese and tomatoes and garlic from the back. I love garlic. Sal’s never smelled greasy like most pizzerias, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. DIFLUCAN pictures, So there I was, smelling that garlic and digging through the trash when who walks up but Andre Sterling. Who thinks a multi-billionaire eats pizza. But that was Andre.

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“I don’t remember hiring you.”
Figured he’d own the place, cheap DIFLUCAN no rx. That’s just my luck. “You know every peon who works for you?”

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But he wouldn’t let it go. Taking DIFLUCAN, He knocked on the back door, and when Sal answered, Andre asked if I worked there.

“No,” Sal said. “Sorry. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, We sometimes get punks hanging out back here. I’ll call the cops.”

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I hated when anyone called me Joey. It sounded so childish. “I’m...”

“You’re gathering cans.”

I slammed down the lid, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. DIFLUCAN forum, “Can’t you just mind your own business. I’m not hurting anyone.”

“If your family is strapped for cash, I can help. Is your father working?”

“He’s...well, he’s...” I kicked a rock and watched it bounce down the alley.

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“No. I wasn’t the one who ran.”

“Your parents abandoned you?”

I stared at my feet, DIFLUCAN pics. “It’s okay. I don’t need them. I can take care of myself.”

He sat on one of the cans. “What happened?”

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”I don’t need your help.”

“Maybe not. But I need to help.”

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“Someone showed me a grace once. I need to repay it.”

I sighed, took a deep breath, and finally spoke. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, “The bum and my mom took off last year. One day I came home and the apartment was empty. They never came back.”

“And child services couldn’t help you?”

“It’s not hard to fall through the cracks. I don’t want a foster family, generic DIFLUCAN. I can take care of myself.”

He nodded slowly. “You’re staying with me.”

“Do you always take in strays?”

“No.” He smiled, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. “Just the ones I like. C’mon.” He turned and walked out of the yard. He didn’t bother looking back over his shoulder, like he knew I’d follow him. DIFLUCAN gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, I followed. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, “First,” he said, once we were in the limo, “we stop home so you can wash up. I think I still have something in your size. Then we’ll go to Macy’s to get you some new clothes. After that, we’ll have dinner.” I certainly didn’t mind the idea of dinner. I’d only managed to get two pears and a half a slice of bread that day.

“I still don’t get why you’re doing this.” I fastened my seat belt, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. “You don’t have to.”

The limo pulled into moderate traffic, online buy DIFLUCAN without a prescription. “I know,” he said. “I want to and I can.”

“I’m not a charity case.” I stared at the street lamps, watching the beam of light from one grab us, swing us forward, DIFLUCAN maximum dosage, and hand us to the next.

“You can test games for me.”

“But...”

“And I always need help at the shows.”

I turned to face him. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, “You don’t need me. You’re just doing this because you feel sorry for me.”

He looked down. “It’s not like that. My parents aren’t exactly angels either.”

We pulled into Macy’s and let me tell you something: Andre Sterling shops like a girl. He had me try on so many things: jeans, jackets, after DIFLUCAN, pants, polo shirts, suits. I balked at the suits, but Andre said he hosted business dinners and I needed to dress properly for those, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. My hips chaffed after the first hour and don’t ask me how the chauffer managed to fit all those bags in the trunk. For the first time in months, DIFLUCAN online cod, I had underwear without holes. I’ll admit I was looking forward to a taste of the good life.

Then he took me back to his place. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, He and his kid brother, Michael, lived in an old-style mansion on Long Island. The kind movie stars live in where you drove through the gate and kept driving to get to the house. He commuted to school in Brooklyn because he wanted to be with his old friends.

I never understood the term “dining hall” until I went down to dinner that night. There was room for fifty people, DIFLUCAN australia, uk, us, usa. Two maids set bread, butter, and anti-pasta on the table while Andre picked clumsily through “Tea for Two” on the grand piano in the corner, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER.

An adolescent boy with blond hair and green eyes chased an Irish Setter down the stairs.

“He doesn’t bite.” Andre missed a note.

“The kid or the dog?”

He left the piano and walked over. “Neither. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, Michael, this is Joey. He’s moving in tonight.”

Michael’s reaction surprised me. DIFLUCAN results, I expected resentment, jealousy, or a shy and sullen greeting. He smiled. “Fantastic. Tuesday is game night and you don’t stand a change of beating me at Lily Pad Madness.”

I smiled, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. “We’ll see about that.”

“We should eat before it gets cold.” I was in my seat before Andre finished speaking. Andre and Michael sat down, buy DIFLUCAN no prescription, but no one else. He said he was on bad terms with his parents, but I didn’t think the two of them lived alone.

After the appetizers, we had New England clam chowder. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, Then shrimp parmigana served on huge slabs of garlic bread and drizzled with a sauce bursting with real tomatoes. Order DIFLUCAN no prescription, No one has had food like that before or since. When I finished there wasn’t a drop or crumb on my plate, nor an inch of room in my stomach.

The maid came out with an Italian cheese cake.

The next day, he got me up-to-date textbooks, a lunch card for school, DIFLUCAN natural, and a laptop. He even gave me an e-mail account on his company’s domain: JYodea@SterlingSoftware.com, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. The catch was that the laptop was loaded with untested games I was supposed to “put through their paces.” I thought that would be fun, but there is nothing more frustrating then finally figuring out that puzzle, jumping across the platforms to get to the next room, or beating the boss monster of the level after days of trying, DIFLUCAN from canadian pharmacy, only to have the entire game crash. Within a week, I started thinking he got the better end of this deal. I played Jungle Inferno so many times—and crashed it so many times—I could probably still do the first few levels in my sleep. If I told you how many nights we worked to get that ready by the holidays, you wouldn’t believe me.

I remember one night in November when we were pulling an all-nighter to put Kingpin DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, to bed. “You told me you were shown a grace once, DIFLUCAN treatment,” I said to Andre. “What happened?”

“My father is a drug dealer,” he said, not taking his eyes off the screen. “He blames me for making the neighborhood so bad for business, DIFLUCAN pharmacy, he had to leave. I wanted no part of it. I wanted to design games, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. One day I met Stephen Wright at a game convention.”

“The head of Comet Games?” I looked up so sharply, I missed a turn and had to start the puzzle again.

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He kept playing, Is DIFLUCAN addictive, but his eyes grew distant. “It took eight months to put the game in shape, but after it was done—this was in late July—he agreed to produce and market it. We released it in mid-November, just before the holiday season, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. He paid me ten percent of the total profit as royalties.”

“And that’s how you started Sterling Software?”

He finished the level. “That’s how I started. I produced another game after that, under my own label, buy generic DIFLUCAN, and then used the profits from that to produce another. We’ve been building ever since. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, Michael and I moved out as soon as we were able, first to a one-bedroom apartment and ultimately to the mansion.”

I nodded. “And then you chose to clean up the neighborhood?”

“It’s atonement for my father. He caused so much damage. I have to repair as much of it as I can. DIFLUCAN without a prescription, I’ll never be him. I’ll never drop out of school, never give up on life, and never survive by bringing suffering to others, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. I guess you can call that my mission statement.”

“How does your mother feel about all this?”

He looked away. “She died giving birth to Michael.”

“Oh, I’m sorry.”

The weather turned really cold by late November and we spent most of our time indoors. That was the winter we had over two feet of snow in January and the mayor closed down the city for three days. Andre telecommuted and Michael and I threw snowballs at each other in the front yard. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, We spent the following week with our noses glued into our books as the teachers rushed the lessons to make up the lost time. Michael liked this because he was too smart for his class, DIFLUCAN photos. I barely muddled through. I passed my classes—barely—but my grades were good enough to keep me out of summer school.

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We’d just finished packing in the second show of the season, over at the Hilton on Sixth Avenue and 51st Street. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, Andre did the dog-and-pony show for the big vendors like Game Spot and Toys-R-Us while I demoed the games and handed out t-shirts.

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We’d just gotten to the corner when this kid—and he couldn’t have been much older then me—approached us. I didn’t see him at first, DIFLUCAN class, until he stepped away from the shadow of the buildings, and then he was right next to us. He was muscular, but a little ratty, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. His long hair was styled more by split ends then by design. He wore faded black jeans with holes in both knees and a black T-Shirt that said, “Welcome to New York. Now beat it.”

He pulled a .38. “Wallets, purchase DIFLUCAN for sale. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, Now.”

I stepped forward. If there had to be a fight, better I should handle it. But Andre put a hand on my shoulder and shook his head. He didn’t look scared, more like he pitied the kid. Andre handed over his wallet and so did I.

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Before Andre or I could react, he stepped back and fired. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, The bullet hit Andre’s shoulder and spun him around before he collapsed.

I tackled the kid and threw him to the ground. The gun skittered away. We were a tangle of arms and legs, flailing, punching and kicking. I wanted to kill him. I wasn’t scared or worried or...I’m not sure I was even sane, DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER. I just wanted to shove my hands down his throat and pull out his lungs. I just kept hitting him. I punched him in the stomach, in the face, whatever I could get to. He hit me, but I didn’t feel it. DIFLUCAN OVER THE COUNTER, All I felt was the blood pounding in my ears and an overwhelming desire to rip this...thing apart.

When the cop pulled me off, I almost hit him too, but then Andre called my name, “Joey,” in a weak voice, almost a whisper, and I stopped fighting.

The cop let me go and I knelt beside Andre.

He touched my hand with his good one. “That was a brave thing you did. I owe you one.”

“No,” I said, refusing to cry. “It’s just that someone showed me a grace once. I needed to repay it.”.

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  • 1. Cricket  |  May 11th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Awesome! Any chance of one under 1200 words showing up? I’d like to tell one of yours. (Once I get a handle on Jane’s, that is. I’m beginning to understand how an editor feels.)

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