Chapter 9: The Best Thing

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Eli snickered and laughed at Sam. She was covering her eyes and trying to burry her head inside his neck. “Is it over, is it over?”

“It isn’t that scary,” he teased.

She smacked his chest, and then screamed at the sight of the masked figure on the movie. This only made Eli laughed even more. “Tell me.”

“Okay,” he chuckled. When he knew she would just scream her head off, he whispered, “Okay, he’s gone.”

The scream that came after a couple of moments of Sam watching, made him howl with laughter. She started to smack him, and he was just laughing. “That was so mean, Eli!”

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Chapter 8: Family Dinner

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Eli took a long deep breath at the door. This wasn’t his first time visiting his mom, on the contrary, he made it a weekly habit to visit and have dinner with her and his sister. This, however, was the first time he brought over Sam. After three months of dating, he decided it was time to introduce Sam to his family. That, and his mother threatened him with bodily harm if he didn’t bring her to this dinner.

The door opened and Anthony grinned. “Hey, look, it’s the inmate. And wow, and a very gorgeous woman.”

Sam giggled. “Thank you.”

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Chapter 7: Sam

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“Hello?” A voice called out. A voice that sounded as if angels were singing if Eli thought about it. He rolled out from under the truck he was working on, wiped his hands, and made his way to the front of the garage.

Marv was washing his hands already. Eli patted his friend. “I got this, Marv.”

Marv smirked. “Oh you do, do you? You’re just lucky I’m married.”

Eli shrugged and returned the smirk before going through the door. In truth, Marv had been teasing Eli the last couple of months, and the fact Eli hadn’t even tried to score a date. Eli took the ribbing with a good laugh and a smile. In all honesty, Eli just wasn’t ready to date—not when he couldn’t take a woman back to his place. And there was absolutely no way in hell he’d let any person inside his shitty hell-hole he called home currently. 

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Chapter 6: PO and Job Hunting

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Eli stepped into the building and found a gated area with some guy behind it playing on his phone. Another guy came walking out of the security door and did something on the computer sitting on the counter.

“See ya, Mike,” the guy behind the counter said.

Mike headed out of the building without more than a toss of a hand to wave back to the guy at the counter. Eli took a few steps forward. Continue reading “Chapter 6: PO and Job Hunting”

Chapter 5: Parole Granted

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Eli climbed up the top of the stairs. His entire body ached from his work-study program as a mechanic. The hot shower did nothing for him. He wanted to craw into his bunk and not wake up for days.

Too bad other people had other ideas. “Not so fast, Ryder,” CO Pierson called out from the bottom of the stairs.

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Chapter 4: Death in Prison

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Eli tore open the envelope he found on his bunk. He was pretty sure Roy had left it there before heading to the yard. Eli was only coming in to grab a clean set of his prison uniform and take a shower. He was filthy and had oil and grease everywhere.

That’s when he saw the letter. His heart pounded the more he unfolded the letter. He hadn’t bothered looking at the return address. Once he saw that it was from West Myshuno Unified School District, his heart went into overdrive.

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Chapter 3: Education

Anthony Grad Announcement

Eli grinned at the announcement. Anthony was graduating high school, and not only that, was wanting to come down and visit him before his big day. Eli hadn’t seen any of his siblings since he got locked up five years ago. He missed them, even if he never been close to either of his older siblings: Bethany and Aaron.

Eli pinned the graduation card up on the ceiling. Eli never graduated high school. At the time he hated school, and didn’t see why he needed it. Maybe he should change that? He wondered if there was a way to get a diploma or a GED? He’d have to talk to the Warden or one of the advisers—something Eli loathed to do.

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Chapter 2: The Hole

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“Ryder, you have a visitor,” the guard yelled.

Eli placed down his cards and smirked over to Roy and Pops. “Read ‘em and weep, boys. Full house.” Both Pops and Roy tossed down their cards and groaned. Eli took the cigarettes off the table and stood. “I’ll be back. Pops, don’t take too much of Roy’s cigs.”

Pops chuckled. “Says the guy that’s taking all of our cigs. Go see your visitor.”

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Chapter 1: Welcome to Prison

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“All right you maggots, get off the bus.” Elijah stepped off the bus. His head down, he held back the tears that threatened to escape. After three months in the detention center he got a taste of what it was going to be like, but still he wasn’t ready. He was not ready to spend the next two decades behind bars with men who he knew were far more dangerous than himself.

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Give me all yo money, bitch. That’s what he said. And…and I did. He…he had that gun aimed at my head, detective. I was so scared. I’m sixteen, I shouldn’t be having guns aimed at my head! I should be out with my friends partying and having fun. Not this.” She sobbed into her hands. The poor teenage girl was visibly shaking ever since Detective Grant Williams arrived on scene. This wasn’t the first distraught cashier he had encountered. In fact, this was the fifth in the last month, and the spree hadn’t given Grant any breathing room. Continue reading “Prologue”