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"On The Sidewalk Bleeding," by Evan Hunter (1956)

Author: Evan Hunter

Hunter, Evan, "On The Sidewalk Bleeeding," Manhunt magazine. 1956.


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The boy lay on the sidewalk bleeding in the rain. He was sixteen years old, and he wore a bright purple jacket and the lettering across the back of the jacket read THE ROYALS. The boy’s name was Andy and the name was delicately scripted in black thread on the front of the jacket, just over the heart. ANDY.

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Joan C Joan C (Oct 02 2020 9:40AM) : sidewalk, bleeding more

why is a sixteen year old boy bleeding on the floor , he’s so young to be getting in to that type of activities

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Nater L Nater L (Sep 14 2022 3:24PM) : . more

The story was written in 1956 and 16 year olds can join gangs

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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 10:34AM) : The jacket is describing a lot. [Edited]
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Pedrito C Pedrito C (Oct 27 2021 1:22PM) : why he was stabbed?
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Nater L Nater L (Sep 14 2022 3:25PM) : Gang reasons
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Pedrito C Pedrito C (Oct 27 2021 1:24PM) : what he did to get brutally stabbed?
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Pedrito C Pedrito C (Oct 27 2021 1:25PM) : the jacket was describing a lot from him and the gang he was and then he forget who he was having the jacket on him then got stabbed
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Pedrito C Pedrito C (Oct 27 2021 1:38PM) : why people were scared of the royals,what stuff they do to people?
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Pedrito C Pedrito C (Oct 27 2021 1:17PM) : who was the guardians?
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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 10:48AM) : I believe he describes the jacket with exact details for a reason . [Edited]
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Joan C Joan C (Oct 05 2020 10:33AM) : was the boy in a gang ? [Edited]
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 05 2020 11:10AM) : yes
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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 12:48PM) : I wonder what he did for someone to stab him that much
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Tane L Tane L (Jun 27 2022 5:51PM) : Wow, he is a criminal
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Jessica H Jessica H (Sep 30 2020 10:25AM) : He really describes that jacket in detail.
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 01 2020 10:18AM) : Any special about his jacket he talking about in the detail.
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 01 2020 6:34PM) : The jacket is what made him get recognized as a member of the gang
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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:05AM) : why he got stabbed
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 05 2020 11:11AM) : he was part of a gang.
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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 11:46AM) : his jacket describes as if he was in a gang
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He had been stabbed ten minutes ago. The knife entered just below his rib cage and had been drawn across his body violently, tearing a wide gap in his flesh. He lay on the sidewalk with the March rain drilling his jacket and drilling his body and washing away the blood that poured from his open wound. He had known excruciating pain when the knife had torn across his body, and then sudden comparative relief when the blade was pulled away. He had heard the voice saying, ‘That’s for you Royal!” and then the sound of footsteps hurrying into the rain, and then he had fallen to the sidewalk, clutching his stomach, trying to stop the flow of blood.

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cristin t cristin t (Oct 01 2020 10:20AM) : Was he was in a fight with someone he disliked that why he got stab in the first place?
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Joan C Joan C (Oct 02 2020 9:42AM) : why is a sixteen year old kid getting stab at that young age
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 12:49PM) : Cause he was part of a gang doesn't matter what age you are. Also many young kids enjoy the gang at a young age.
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Joan C Joan C (Oct 05 2020 10:31AM) : is really explaning in deatil how the boy got stab
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Joan C Joan C (Oct 05 2020 10:32AM) : why did the boy get stab
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 12:47PM) : He was part of a gang
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 10:38AM) : They stabbed him for being in a gang and he had enemies and that's why they stabbed him. [Edited]
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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:44AM) : Why he got stabbed?
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Tane L Tane L (Jun 27 2022 5:54PM) : thats what he deserves
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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 01 2020 10:22AM) : why he got stabbed what he did
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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:09AM) : he us part of the gang
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Angel G Angel G (Oct 01 2020 10:05AM) : why did he get stabbed in the first place ?
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 01 2020 6:23PM) : Gang related
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Keily M Keily M (Oct 05 2020 10:39AM) : This situacion souds familiar in a way with Junior event.
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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 10:49AM) : This look like a gang situation like we see out here a lot of teens getting stab due to gang problems .
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 10:39AM) : He heard a voice because it could have been from the person who stabbed him. [Edited]
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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:10AM) : i think he us part of the royal gang
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 12:50PM) : Maybe it someone who know him that why he got stabbed.
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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 11:20AM) : she was scare and the nerves attacked her in that cituation [Edited]

He tried to yell for help, but he had no voice. He did not know why his voice had deserted him, or why there was an open hole in his body from which his life ran readily, steadily, or why the rain had become so suddenly fierce. It was 11:13 p.m. but he did not know the time.

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Angel G Angel G (Oct 01 2020 10:06AM) : if you get stabbed i dont expect you to know the time if you trying to fight for your life.
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 10:58AM) : Of course he will not know the time if he is dying.

There was another thing he did not know.

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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:39PM) : she was scared just help the guy
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He did not know he was dying. He lay on the sidewalk, bleeding, and he thought only: That was a fierce rumble. They got me good that time, but he did not know he was dying. He would have been frightened had he known. In his ignorance he lay bleeding and wishing he could cry out for help, but there was no voice in his throat. There was only the bubbling of blood from between his lips whenever he opened his mouth to speak. He lay in his pain, waiting, waiting for someone to find him.

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cristin t cristin t (Sep 30 2020 9:30AM) : I'm shocked that he didn't know he was dying and losing blood maybe cause the brain protecting us when we get hurt so he probably didn't know blood was dripping out of him. [Edited]
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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 9:40AM) : You would expect someone in that situation to know that they might die
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 12:07PM) : Nobody know what our body go through as we lay there bleeding out and dying slowly.
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 01 2020 9:24AM) : Maybe he didn't pay attention to himself getting hurt that why he didn't know he was dying.
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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 9:48AM) : i think he wasn't focused of him dying he was focused of him getting help.
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Keily M Keily M (Oct 05 2020 9:51AM) : Maybe the pain was so big, he didn't pay attention because he was numb.
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 05 2020 9:37AM) : An interesting thing is that he didn’t know he was dying being completely ignorant of his wound which he probably didn’t feel completely just yet more

Due to our Brain protecting us from pain he wasn’t aware of how big the wound was or how little he had of dying

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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 9:53AM) : This has to be the worst feeling ever, Being helpless without knowing this are your last minutes of life so young,losing life and hope .
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Keily M Keily M (Oct 05 2020 9:55AM) : I can imagine what he was going through,terrible feeling.
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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 2:17PM) : he lasted a long time lying on the floor waiting for help he must have been bleeding

He could hear the sound of automobile tires hushed on the rain swept streets, far away at the other end of the long alley. He lay with his face pressed to the sidewalk, and he could see the splash of neon far away at the other end of the alley, tinting the pavement red and green, slickly brilliant in the rain.

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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:47AM) : those are the last thing he heard and saw for his last hours
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:05AM) : so that's the only thing I could hear and see nothing else.
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He wondered if Laura would be angry. He had left the jump to get a package of cigarettes. He had told her he would be back in a few minutes, and then he had gone downstairs and found the candy store closed. He knew that Alfredo’s on the next block would be open. He had started through the alley, and that was when he had been ambushed.

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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 10:55AM) : Whos laura ? She has to be very impostant if shes the first person to come in his head while hes dying.
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 01 2020 6:25PM) : I think Laura is his lover
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:00AM) : Laura can be the girlfriend or the lover.
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Keily M Keily M (Oct 05 2020 11:00AM) : I find this very thoughtful of him in his last moment he thinks about someone.
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 1:36PM) : Laura has to be his girlfriend since she very important in this story.
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 05 2020 10:38AM) : Naively he went to the store to get something and then reality struck him hard without his convenience more

Was it a robbery or gang related situation?

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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:12AM) : so he started walking to get help and they set him up so they can finishing killing him.
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cristin t cristin t (Oct 04 2021 1:39PM) : So did they set him up just to killed him?
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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 12:51PM) : he knew that he wasn't suppose to go that store but he had to get Laura cigarettes.

He could hear the faint sound of music now, coming from a long, long way off. He wondered if Laura was dancing, wondered if she had missed him yet. Maybe she thought he wasn’t coming back. Maybe she thought he’d cut out for good. Maybe she had already left the jump and gone home. He thought of her face, the brown eyes and the jet-black hair, and thinking of her he forgot his pain a little, forgot that blood was rushing from his body.

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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 05 2020 10:39AM) : Whilst dying he was thinking of the last thing he remember his lover more

Remembering her seems to be the only thing keeping him alive at the moment , all his thoughts roaming through his head while dying , as cliche as it sounds but he at that moment was seeing his life flash before his eyes

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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:15AM) : Then he began to think of Laura because it seems that she is his only salvation. But in his eyes he was dying little by little. [Edited]
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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 10:58AM) : He was slowly dying and you could tell shes somebody he loves because of the way he thinks of her.

Someday he would marry Laura. Someday he would marry her, and they would have a lot of kids, and then they would get out of the neighborhood. They would move to a clean project

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in the Bronx, or maybe they would move to Staten Island. When they were married, they had kids.

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He heard footsteps at the other end of the alley, and he lifted his cheek from the sidewalk and looked into the darkness and tried to cry out, but again there was only a soft hissing bubble of blood on his mouth.

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The man came down the alley. He had not seen Andy yet. He walked, and then stopped to lean against the brick of the building, and then walked again. He saw Andy then and came toward him, and he stood over him for a long time, the minutes ticking, ticking, watching him and not speaking.

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Joan C Joan C (Oct 02 2020 9:45AM) : why is he not helping the kid who just got stabed
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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:55AM) : it has to do with jacket if he wouldn't get stab
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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 2:38PM) : the man acts without remorse by not helping a person who is dying, act like you don't care [Edited]
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:20AM) : Why is he looking at him and not asking for help or is he not seeing that child is dying.

Then he said, “What’s the matter, buddy’?”

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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 11:01AM) : Why he wasting so much time to help if there's blood coming out the kid body .
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Andy could not speak, and he could barely move. He lifted his face slightly and looked up at the man, and in the rain swept alley he smelled the sickening odor of alcohol. The man was drunk.

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The man was smiling.

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“Did you fall down, buddy?” he asked. “You must be as drunk as I am.” He squatted alongside Andy.

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‘You gonna catch cold there,” he said. “What’s the matter? You like layin’ in the wet?”

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Andy could not answer. The rain spattered around them.

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Dewry C Dewry C (Oct 05 2020 11:56AM) : they thougth that andy was drunk

You like a drink?”

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Andy shook his head.

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“I gotta bottle. Here,” the man said. He pulled a pint bottle from his inside jacket pocket. Andy tried to move, but pain wrenched him back flat against the sidewalk.

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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 3:56PM) : The drunk man thought Andy was drunk too, just like him
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Cristy I Cristy I (Oct 01 2020 11:03AM) : i know Andy had some hope when he saw this man and but this man so drunk he cant even help his self , i wonder if Andy gonna make it.

Take it,” the man said. He kept watching Andy. “Take it.” When Andy did not move, he said, “Nev’ mind, I’ll have one m’self.” He tilted the bottle to his lips, and then wiped the back of his hand across his mouth. “You too young to be drinkin’ anyway. Should be ‘shamed of yourself, drunk and layin ‘in a alley, all wet. Shame on you. I gotta good mind to call a cop.”

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Joan C Joan C (Oct 02 2020 9:47AM) : the man thought that Andy was drunk , but he wasn't
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Estefani F Estefani F (Oct 05 2020 11:22AM) : But he has not realized that the child is hurt and he thinks he is drunk.
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Alis N Alis N (Oct 21 2021 4:11PM) : the drunk man was not understanding the citation apparently

Andy nodded. Yes, he tried to say. Yes, call a cop. Please call one.

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“Oh, you don’ like that, huh?” the drunk said. “You don’ wanna cop to fin’ you all drunk an’ wet in an alley, huh: Okay, buddy. This time you get off easy.” He got to his feet. “This time you get off easy,” he said again. He waved broadly at Andy, and then almost lost his footing. “S’long, buddy,” he said.

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Wait, Andy thought. Wait, please, I’m bleeding.

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“S’long,” the drunk said again, “I see you around,” and the he staggered off up the alley.

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cristin t cristin t (Sep 30 2020 10:34AM) : how he couldn't tell he was dying slowing maybe cause the cut was small that why he couldn't tell.
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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:42AM) : He could’ve helped him but he was too drunk to realize the crisis Andy was in
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Joan C Joan C (Oct 05 2020 10:33AM) : why did the man think that a boy that young would be that drunk
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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 12:53PM) : how did the gut didn't see the boy bleeding. cant be that drunk
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Andy lay and thought: Laura, Laura. Are you dancing:?

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The couple came into the alley suddenly. They ran into the alley together, running from the rain, the boy holding the girl’s elbow, the girl spreading a newspaper over her head to protect her hair. Andy watched them run into the alley laughing, and then duck into the doorway not ten feet from him.

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“Man, what rain!” the boy said. ‘You could drown out there.”

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“I have to get home,” the girl said. “It’s late, Freddie. I have to get home.”

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“We got time,” Freddie said. ‘Your people won’t raise a fuss if you’re a little late. Not with this with kind of weather.”

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“It’s dark,” the girl said, and she giggled.

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‘Yeah,” the boy answered, his voice very low.

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“Freddie . . . . ?

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“Um?”

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“You’re … standing very close to me.”

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“Um.”

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There was a long silence. Then the girl said, “Oh,” only that single word, and Andy knew she had been kissed , and he suddenly hungered for Laura’s mouth. It was then that he wondered if he would ever kiss Laura again. It was then that he wondered if he was dying.

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No, he thought, I can’t be dying, not from a little street rumble, not from just being cut. Guys get cut all the time in rumbles. I can’t be dying. No, that’s stupid. That don’t make any sense at all.

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“You shouldn’t,” the girl said.

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“Why not?”

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“Do you like it?”

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“Yes.”

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“So?”

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“I don’t know.”

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“I love you, Angela,” the boy said.

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“I love you, too, Freddie,” the girl said, and Andy listened and thought: I love you, Laura. Laura, I think maybe I’m dying. Laura, this is stupid but I think maybe I’m dying. Laura, I think I’m dying

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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 12:55PM) : so they talking while the boy is in the floor bleeding out?
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Alis N Alis N (Nov 03 2021 1:39AM) : I think tha he feel in love with laura
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He tried to speak. He tried to move. He tried to crawl toward the doorway. He tried to make a noise, a sound, and a grunt came, a low animal grunt of pain.

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“What was that?” the girl said, suddenly alarmed, breaking away from the boy.

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“I don’t know,” he answered.

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“Go look, Freddie.”

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“No. Wait.”

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Andy moved his lips again. Again the sound came from him.

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Freddie!”

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“What?”

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“I’m scared.”

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“I’ll go see,” the boy said.

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He stepped into the alley. He walked over to where Andy lay on the ground. He stood over him, watching him.

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“You all right?” he asked.

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“What is it?” Angela said from the doorway.

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Alis N Alis N (Nov 03 2021 1:42AM) : I think tha he come back to laura because he was scare coz he maybe think about andy was part of a gang

“Somebody’s hurt,” Freddie said.

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“Let’s get out of here,” Angela said.

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“No. Wait a minute.” He knelt down beside Andy. “You cut?” he asked.

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Andy nodded. The boy kept looking at him. He saw the lettering on the jacket then. THE ROYALS. He turned to Angela.

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“He’s a Royal,” he said.

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“Let’s what. . . .what . . . do you want to do, Freddie?”

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“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t want to get mixed up in this. He’s a Royal. We help him, and the Guardians’ll be down on our necks. I don’t want to get mixed up in this, Angela.”

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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 01 2020 10:42AM) : ohh because his a royal they not going to help him thats f**k up
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Angel G Angel G (Oct 01 2020 10:37AM) : why were they so scared of the guardians?
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Mariely P Mariely P (Oct 01 2020 6:31PM) : Because it was the enemy/opposing gang of the royals the same gang who stabbed Andy and if they helped him they was going to get involved and they was trying to avoid that
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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 12:57PM) : so they don't want to help him cause he in a gang and they don't want to get mixed up with it. could've called the cops

“Is he . . . is he hurt bad?”

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“Yeah, it looks that way.”

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“What shall we do?”

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“I don’t know.”

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Alis N Alis N (Nov 03 2021 1:45AM) : you had to help him and not ask [Edited]
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“We can’t leave him here in the rain,” Angela hesitated. “Can we?”

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Alis N Alis N (Nov 03 2021 1:45AM) : they were acting nervous like they didn't know what to do
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“If we get a copy, the Guardians’ll find out who,” Freddie said. “I don’t know, Angela. I don’t know.”

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Angela hesitated a long time before answering. Then she said, “I want to go home, Freddie. My people will begin to worry.”

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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 01 2020 10:39AM) : why she was scared just help the guy

“Yeah,” Freddie said. He looked at Andy again. “You all right?” he asked. Andy lifted his face from the sidewalk, and his eyes said: Please, please help me, and maybe Freddie read what his eyes were saying, and maybe he didn’t.

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Be hind him, Angela said, “Freddie, let’s get out of here! Please!” Freddie stood up. He looked at Andy again, and then mumbled, “I’m sorry.” He took Angela’s arm and together they ran towards the neon splash at the other end of the alley.

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:45AM) : They were to scared to help him cause they didn’t want to get mixed up in the gang violence
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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 01 2020 10:40AM) : why they ran you dont see that andy is dying

Why, they’re afraid of the Guardians, Andy thought in amazement. By why should they be? I wasn’t afraid of the Guardians. I never turkeyed out of a rumble with the Guardians. I got heart. But I’m bleeding.

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The rain was soothing somehow. It was a cold rain, but his body was hot all over, and the rain helped cool him. He had always liked rain. He could remember sitting in Laura’s house one time, the rain running down the windows, and just looking out over the street, watching the people running from the rain. That was when he’d first joined the Royals.

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He could remember how happy he was when the Royals had taken him. The Royals and the Guardians, two of the biggest. He was a Royal. There had been meaning to the title.

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Now, in the alley, with the cold rain washing his hot body, he wondered about the meaning. If he died, he was Andy. He was not a Royal. He was simply Andy, and he was dead. And he wondered suddenly if the Guardians who had ambushed him and knifed him had ever once realized he was Andy? Had they known that he was Andy or had they simply known that he was Royal wearing a purple silk jacket? Had they stabbed him, Andy, or had they only stabbed the jacket and the title and what good was the title if you were dying?

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:47AM) : Seems like Andy regrets joining the gang
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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 01 2020 10:47AM) : he was a normal guy forget about being a royals or a blood or crip F that just help the guy
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Jessica H Jessica H (Oct 05 2020 10:52AM) : Yep, I agree with you.
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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:46AM) : she was claiming that he wasn't from no gang or a criminal.
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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:46AM) : I think the person the stabbed Andy wanted to kill him because why would he stabbed the jacket without any reason

I’m Andy, he screamed wordlessly, I’m Andy.

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An old lady stopped at the other end of the alley. The garbage cans were stacked there, beating noisily in the rain. The old lady carried an umbrella with broken ribs, carried it like a queen. She stepped into the mouth of the alley, shopping bag over one arm. She lifted the lids of the garbage cans. She did not hear Andy grunt because she was a little deaf and because the rain was beating on the cans. She collected her string and her newspapers, and an old hat with a feather on it from one of the garbage cans, and a broken footstool from another of the cans. And then she replaced the lids and lifted her umbrella high and walked out of the alley mouth. She had worked quickly and soundlessly, and now she was gone.

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:48AM) : It seems like there’s always someone around that is able to help Andy but they don’t notice him
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The alley looked very long now. He could see people passing at the other end of it, and he wondered who the people were, and he wondered if he would ever get to know them, wondered who it was of the Guardians who had stabbed him, who had plunged the knife into his body.

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“That’s for you, Royal!” the voice had said. “That’s for you, Royal!” Even in his pain, there had been some sort of pride in knowing he was a Royal. Now there was no pride at all. With the rain beginning to chill him, with the blood pouring steadily between his fingers, he knew only a sort of dizziness. He could only think: I want to be Andy.

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:51AM) : He got so caught up in being Someone that he’s not that he finally chooses to be himself when it’s to late
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It was not very much to ask of the world.

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He watched the world passing at the other end of the alley. The world didn’t know he was Andy. The world didn’t know he was alive. He wanted to say, “Hey, I’m alive! Hey, look at me! I’m alive! Don’t you know I’m alive? Don’t you know I exist?”

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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 05 2020 10:43AM) : he wanted people to know that he was there that his not gone
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He felt weak and very tired. He felt alone, and wet and feverish and chilled. He knew he was going to die now. That made him suddenly sad. He was filled with sadness that his life would be over at sixteen. He felt all at once as if he had never done anything, never seen anything, never been anywhere. There were so many things to do. He wondered why he’d never thought of them before, wondered why the rumbles and the jumps and the purple jackets had always seemed so important to him before. Now they seemed like such small things in a world he was missing, a world that was rushing past at the other end of the alley.

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:53AM) : He regrets not valuing his own life and putting things that didn’t matter above what’s actually important
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Mariely P Mariely P (Sep 30 2020 1:51PM) : He had come to accept his faith , that he was going to die too young . He was gone and nobody saw that his life was gone .
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Jessica H Jessica H (Sep 30 2020 2:16PM) : he had come to accept his FATE
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Tane L Tane L (Jun 27 2022 5:53PM) : then he shouldnt have join the gang and been a criminal
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Yeury N Yeury N (Oct 05 2021 1:03PM) : now he know what being in a gang is like. I don't think he going to be in a gang again.

I don’t want to die, he thought. I haven’t lived yet. It seemed very important to him that he take off the purple jacket. He was very close to dying, and when they found him, he did not want them to say, “Oh, it’s a Royal.” With great effort, he rolled over onto his back. He felt the pain tearing at his stomach when he moved. If he never did another thing, he wanted to take off the jacket. The jacket had only one meaning now, and that was a very simple meaning.

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:54AM) : He now wants to be acknowledged as Andy not as a royal , a title that now holds no value to him
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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 05 2020 10:57AM) : so why he was wearing the jacked in the first place
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If he had not been wearing the jacket, he wouldn’t have been stabbed. The knife had not been plunged in hatred of Andy. The knife hated only the purple jacket. The jacket was as stupid meaningless thing that was robbing him of his life.

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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:46AM) : All of this is because he was wearing a cool nice jacket
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Dawry C Dawry C (Oct 05 2020 11:00AM) : it was only a cool jacked
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Arnie M Arnie M (Nov 06 2022 5:59PM) : If he weren't a member of the Royals, he wouldn't have been jumped or he wouldn't have died.
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He lay struggling with the shiny wet jacket. His arms were heavy. Pain ripped fire across his body whenever he moved. But he squirmed and fought and twisted until one arm was free and then the other. He rolled away from the jacket and lay quite still, breathing heavily, listening to the sound of his breathing and the sounds of the rain and thinking: Rain is sweet, I’m Andy.

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Joan C Joan C (Oct 05 2020 10:35AM) : the boy was dying for loosing too much blood
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She found him in the doorway a minute past midnight. She left the dance to look for him, and when she found him, she knelt beside him and said, “Andy, it’s me, Angela.”

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Brendaly N Brendaly N (Sep 30 2020 10:56AM) : She came back to try and help him even if it can cause her issues with the other gang
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Jessica H Jessica H (Sep 30 2020 10:44AM) : It shows a lot about Angela’s character that she went back to see if he was alive.

He did not answer her. She backed away from him, tears springing into her eyes, and then she ran from the alley. She did not stop running until she found a cop.

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Yeiro B Yeiro B (Oct 05 2020 10:44AM) : he didn't answer her because he was already dead but the girl got confused nervous and paranoic, thats why she backed away from him but olso crying, ran from the alley for just to go get a cop
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And now, standing with the cop, she looked down at him. The cop rose and said, “He’s dead.” All the crying was out of her now. She stood in the rain and said nothing, looking at the purple jacket that rested a foot away from his body.

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