Chapter 22: Not Worth It

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Anthony pretended he was okay with this poker game that he was hosting the next day. He tried to hide his own emotions around the inmates and even his co-workers. No one was the wiser that he just wanted to end the poker game, and try to get Eli and Sam back to being that gag-worthy couple they were before he opened his big fat mouth.

Of course, he said nothing. All the guys at work talked about it non-stop about the game. They were looking forward to playing cards, and seeing where Anthony lived.

Anthony headed home less than thrilled about the next day. His co-workers had no idea who Eli was, or if they did, they never mentioned it to him. They just wanted to play, and Anthony wanted the comradery between his co-workers. How else was he supposed to make friends? Join the bowling league? Fuck that. Poker was something he understood. Both Eli and him learned from the best—their mother.   

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Chapter 21: Fighting Sucks

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Eli woke to Derek poking him in the face. He opened one eye to see his son poking at him. “What’re you doing up?” he whispered.

Derek giggled. “I up.”

Eli checked his cell to see that it was barely six in the morning, and he didn’t have to get up for another hour. He sat up, wiped his eyes from the dried tears he fell asleep to, and plopped Derek onto his lap. “You should be sleeping.”

“I wanna watch cartoons.”

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Chapter 20: Brother

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Eli opened the door and smiled at his brother, Anthony. “Hey man!” He pulled his brother into a one arm hug.

Anthony backed away. “You really sure this is okay?”

“Dude, we’re family. It’s what we do.” Eli couldn’t even imagine what Anthony was going through. His brother called a week ago asking if he could stay with Eli and Sam after discovering his wife of almost a year had left him, and had been cheating on him since before they were married.

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Chapter 19: New Toy

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Eli couldn’t stop grinning or jumping up and down like a little kid in the bathroom. He kept staring at the stick that Sam just pissed on, waiting for what he knew to be true.

Sam laughed at him, “Calm down, Eli.”

“No way. It’s going to be positive, just like the last two.”

And sure enough it was. “Sam, we’re having a baby!”

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