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General Jackson’s Last Hurrah

 Part Two
     After securing his hygiene kit, he crossed the street and went around the corner to Manny’s Bodega near the schoolyard. Preoccupied with tallying a customer’s bill, the owner stood with his back to the General.
Jackson stepped up to the counter and bowed “Top of the morning to you.”
    Manny saluted, went to the back, and brought out two muffins.  “On the house.”
    The General bowed and took off.
    The next night, Arturo and Carlotta returned. After making himself presentable, the General approached the couple. “I have your stuff.”
    Arturo pulled out a switchblade.
   Carlotta saw anger in the General’s eyes. “Put that away.”
    Arturo persisted, aiming the sharp point at the General’s nose. “How do we know you have our stuff?”
    The veteran urinated in his pants creating a nasty smelling puddle at his feet. “Let the girl look.”
    Carlotta located the burlap bag. “It’s all here.”
    She slapped Arturo’s bottom. “This old guy is honest.”
    The General swallowed the lump in his throat. “Thanks, miss,” he said when his tongue started to work.
    Carlotta reached her pocket and pressed something into the General’s hand. “Here,” she said. “This is for protecting our stuff.”
    When the veteran opened his fingers, he stared at three, twenty-dollar bills. He steadied himself against the wall to keep from falling. He couldn’t remember the last time he had seen a twenty.  
   “Young woman, you’ve purchased lifetime property insurance. On my honor as a former soldier with the United States Army, I’ll guard your belongings from here to eternity.”
    Arturo spat on the ground. “Crazy old F’n bastard.”
    Carlotta smacked his hand. “I trust him to keep his word. Stash the stuff and let’s go.”
    The General crawled into his box to squirrel away his fortune.
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