Five dollars in his pocket, he ran as fast as he could. He knew the girl wanted to go with him. He didn’t ask. He didn’t want to. He couldn’t. He ran alone.
Once he reached downtown, he slowed and walked along the busy street. Cars sped away, people hurried home. Those who lingered had no place to go. He, too, had no place to go, but his steps were brisk. He didn’t want to leave any trace of him anywhere.
He came by a narrow alley and stopped. In the dark corner, something moved. A dog, a puppy. The dog was trembling, and its bright eyes stared at him. He approached the dog. It toddled towards him. They were both hungry and tired.