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By Harlan Ellison

Uncooked, important, uncompromising--here are photos of the misplaced, the damned, the helpless, attempting to get a deal with on lifestyles. A startling choice of 'hip' tales through a magnificent younger author, torn from the shadows of the twilight international.

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MRS. SHANKS: Why, definitely I take into accout Marty. He used to be continuously over at my condo. Why, i feel he lived as a lot on my entrance porch as he did at domestic. great boy. i will keep in mind that little skinny face of his (he was once regularly one of these frail baby, you know), constantly smiling, even though. Used to like my Christmas cookies. Used to make me bake 'em for him all yr 'round. And the mind's eye that kid had ... why, he'd move into the empty lot in the back of our homes and make a castle, dig it correct out of the floor, and play in there all day together with his toy weapons. He was once anything, even then. Knew he'd make it a few day ... he used to be simply that kind. got here from a very good kin, and that kind of factor continuously exhibits. EVAN DENNIS: Marty continually had that spark. It was once whatever you could not identify. A force, a short of, a whatever that would not allow him hand over. I keep in mind I used to speak along with his father -- you bear in mind Lew, the jeweler, do not you -- and we might talk about the boy. His father and that i have been very shut. For your time there, Lew used to be beautiful fearful concerning the boy; a piece rambunctious. yet I regularly stated, "Lew, little need to fret approximately Morrie (that was once his identify; he replaced his identify, y'know; i used to be very shut with the family). he will make it, that boy. great things in him. " Yeah, I take note the total family members rather well. We have been very shut, y'know. JACK WHEELDON: Hell, I knew him ahead of. most of the different youngsters have been constantly making a choice on on him. He was once kinda small, and prefer that, yet I took him lower than my wing. i used to be kind of an in depth blood brother. Hell, we used to journey our motorcycles actual past due at evening, out in the midst of Mentor street, going 'round and 'round in circles less than the road mild, simply because we simply cherished to do it. We received to be lovely tight. Hell, might be i used to be his ally. continuously dragged him alongside after we have been getting up a baseball (generic term). He wasn't too strong, being so small and prefer that, yet, hell, he had to get integrated, so I made the opposite men enable him play. constantly picked him for my aspect too. Yeah. i suppose I knew him larger than anyone whilst he was once a child. PEGGY MANTLE: i have to confess it. I enjoyed him. He wasn't the hardest child in class, or the best-looking, yet even then, even if he used to be younger, he was once so -- so, i do not be aware of what you'll name, dynamic .... good. I simply enjoyed him, that is all. He used to be nice. simply nice. I enjoyed him, that is all. LEON POTTER: Marty? the days we had, not anyone may possibly fit. We have been genuine loopy. Used to take tub towels and crayon CCC in a triangle on them, and tie them round our necks, and play Crime Cracker Cids. young ones, that are supposed to were, yet we have been simply being silly. you recognize, we might make up those crimes and resolve them. Like we might take milk bottles out of the wood packing containers everyone had at their facet door, after which faux there has been a milk bottle thief round, and clear up the case. We had stable occasions. I beloved him plenty. it is going to be reliable seeing him back. wonder whether he recollects me -- oh, yeah, he will bear in mind me . There they pass, the vagrants, swirled away because the caution plaque lighting fixtures up with its FASTEN SEAT BELTS and NO SMOKING. There they pass, again to the soft-edged international the place they belong; someplace within your head, Marty box.

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