academic lit assignment 12/7

academic lit assignment 12/7

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  • I remember this smell from when I was a child!
  • Hey neighbor!
  • Why is there some rich guy in my part of town?
  • He is drawn out of his morning study by the sunlight, into his backyard. The smell of burning leaves outside reminds him of childhood memories, like family trips and stories he read. He goes into his front lawn to take a glance around his street. He sees people outside their homes selling tins and other little things for under $1.
  • I don't like this place, I should be getting home.
  • He drives around without a destination, because he isn't in any hurry. He sees children on bikes, people walking around, and goes up and down cul-de-sacs looking around to see all that there is to see. There's no empty lots, there's room for everyone. But soon passes the gates to his neighborhood, entering a new one.
  • Possible thief on Main St.
  • I should probably stop somewhere and call home
  • In this new neighborhood, most of these homes have picketed fences, trash, and the sidewalks are filled with cracks. He's driving a Mercedes and is wearing fancy clothing, he sticks out completely. One thing that does stick out in his view is a phone booth. Gangs of young men follow his car slowly. They are wearing leather jackets with animals along the back. He passes a playground with a 10-foot wire enclosing it, the playground is double locked. The school is covered with screens. It seems the houses have sunk into the ground over time, the road gets narrower with cars parking close next to and around each other.
  • Stop! Put your hands up!
  • BANG!
  • I better show this officer my ID.
  • Street lights come on along with the glow of a TV inside of homes along the street. He takes these as a sign to turn back home, he made so many turns and forgets the way back home. A feeling of guilt then comes across him because he remembers he never left a note for his wife. His wife and family will return for supper and not know where he is. He didn't see the cracked sidewalks, the gangs, and didn't recognize any of the homes from earlier.
  • He knows that now he should stop the next time he sees a phone booth to call home and tell his family he's ok. With everything around him he doesn't notice a police car in an alleyway pull out behind him. He sees a store up ahead and decides to pull in. It was covered in spray-paint and the windows were barred. Three young men and a girl slouch outside of the store. He hopes his day old beard, combined with his outfit, provides him immunity. He slips his wallet into his shirt pocket and buttons up his shirt. He puts $10 in his back pocket because he saw on a TV show that if you are confronted and robbed, stick the money in your back pocket and they will think that's all you have, and that he stole the car, he's going to sell it and has to find a buyer.
  • He gets out of the car and heads towards the store, he is so focused on the three men and girl that he doesn't notice the police car pull up on the curb behind him, nervously aiming his pistol at him. The officer, inexperienced because of the neighborhood. He is suspicious of the car and the man because of an unshaved beard, and the clothing he is wearing. He was trained to see them as a potential thief and not a probable owner. The officer orders the man to halt, he is surprised and when he recognizes the uniform the man feels more relaxed. As the last motion of his life, he reaches not in the air as ordered, but into his pocket for his wallet to show his identity.
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