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A Change of Heart/Life In A Day
By Nehemiah S Mazion
Wednesday, September 03, 2008

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This is a short story about a Local Boxer visiting his hometown after being away for more than 20 plus years.

A Change of Heart/Life In A Day
By: Nehemiah S. Mazion

After being away for more than 20 plus years.....
I was visiting a community that I had grew up in. As I walked up the street not far from my cousin's home.
I saw a friend standing up against a building wall with five or six other guys surrounding him. I quickly walked up to him and grabbed him, and asked where is my best friend your brother? The other two guys that were beside him walked away without saying a word.
As I greeted my friend, I notice that he kept looking around me at the three other men who were standing there with guns in their hands. I felt a bit worried until they seemed to put their guns away. Suddenly they started to walk away. Then one guy suddenly turned around and reached his arm out around my side and shot my friend in the chest. My friend fell into me and I helped hold him up. My friend said help me please. I helped him down to my cousins house. I laid him down on the picnic table in the front yard. I told him to hold on while I ran inside to call an ambulance. I ran to called 911....strangely there was no answer. I ran back outside to check on him with some cold water and a few towels. My friend had died.
I stood there staring at his face as he laid there with his eyes open, wondering why the Almighty Father had took his life. I looked up the street and saw an ambulance stop in front of a house on the corner. I ran to the medics, as they got out of their bus. I explained that my friend had died in my Family's front yard from a gun shot wound. The medic said that they would either call it in, or take care of him their selves depending on the condition of the patient they came for. I then returned to my Family's front yard to fine my friend still laying on the table without his shoes, rings, and chain accessories, and his pants pockets had been turned inside out. I was shocked that someone would do this to a dead man in broad daylight in my people's front yard.

The medic bus pulled up, and the white guy I had spoked to jumped out and ran over to the body. As he checked my friend he said the police is on their way, they usually don't answer stress calls from this area because of too many killings.... Then the other medic who was black came to check. When he got to the table and saw the body, he yelled out "Dammmmmm" they finally got his ass!
The white medic said who was he? The black medic said his name on the street was Tommy Gun. I said yes his name is Tommy. Then the black medic said hell yeah let's be the one to take his ass in. We will get the hype for being the team that brought him in...
I looked at the black guy and realized that I knew him, and he looked at me and said man I know you. I said yea I was about to say he same thing. He said Dukes, Eddie Dukes!?! I said yes that's me. Stanely Brown man we use to train together. I then remembered him.

The police pulled up and they asked me to stand back while they check the body. They soon declared him dead at the scene, and the medics put him in a body bag, and rolled out. The police never asked me one question.

Later that evening, I decided to go to my favorite fish and chips shop and pig out on some whiting.
I walked in and saw thugs everywhere, I decided to sit at the front counter and eat. I did not want to get robbed or shot. I notice that all the thugs at the tables were checking me hard. Still I made my order of whiting, fries and a cream soda. I was getting a bit nervous thinking about Tommy again. Then a cute honey about my age sat a large Cream Soda with a scoop of Ice cream down in front of me and said here slugger. I looked at her eyes and that sexy smile she had. She said you don't remember me? I said hell yeah I remember you're Linda Leggit!
She said you forgot to order the ice cream scoop. We both start laughing. Then I felt a punch on my left shoulder. I turned and saw one of the young thugs checking me when I entered the shop. He said you don't know who I am South Paw do you? I said no sorry but I don't. It's been a long time since I been back here man. He said look at me good man, before I tell you who I am. I took a sip of my cream soda and thought really hard and deep. But I could not remember him. He then said that I was the one who taught him how to fight. I said wait a minute man you're Tommy's brother the youngest baby boy! I jumped up and hugged him, and I started crying. He said yeah man I know what happen to T-Gun. I said then why are you so cool man? He was your brother and he was shot dead today!!! He said I know man I was standing right there when it happen. He then turned around and told his boys to stand up. They did and the one guy raised his hand and said I'm the shooter, and I'm about to get paid big time then he sat back down.
Baby boy said T-Gun was an Outlaw cuz. He did not give a fuck about nobody including family. If he would have been strapped he may have shot you dude! My oldest brother is in a nursing home because he shot him and crippled him for life. He killed my sister's husband in a car jack. She is in a mental ward because of it! He has killed over 30 mutha fuckas South Paw. We all knew who you were when you walked up and greeted him. I told my boys not to shoot you because you don't even know who we are, so we don't have to worry about you snitching to the cops. That is when we walked around you and my boy shot him from your rear. We even stood there and watched you humbly try to save his life. That's the goodness in you man. That is why you have been blessed to leave this fucked up town and make it! We all are proud of you, and we have tapes of all your bouts. But T-Gun would have shot us all including you if he had his Gun today. He knew we would not shoot you as long as you were holding him. I was contracted to take him out. But when I saw you, I could not do it. But when you did let him go my boy took the shot. We are all here celebrating that we got him. There was four contracts out on him. One contract was issued by your cousin. I almost choked on my fish...what? Why? Because Tommy came in here and robbed the place blind, and shot a few of the customers.. yeah man, your cousin is a big baller in dis mutha fucka! Oh shit you don't even know that he now owns this fish shop, and Linda is the manager. Take a look on the walls here. Those are all shots of you man. You are a celebrity in dis bitch..We all just thought of what the new Name of the Joint should be, and here you come walking in. I asked what is the new name. "South Paw". Linda said that is Tight!!!! Because we live in the south side of the city, which is where you are from man. You are still the man Eddie "South Paw" Dukes!

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