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Benediction

Dog and Watch sat on the curb in front of the bodega, people-watching. A police officer turned the corner and smiled at a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. Dog whistled and catcalled at the officer, who screwed up his nose in disgust. He began walking toward the two when their grandmother, Edna Perkins, came out with arms full of bags of groceries. Dog and Watch immediately snapped them up to her delight, “Such good boys”, she said with a smile to the officer, whose lips shut tight upon seeing her. He smiled back and tipped his cap to her, then turned on his heels to return to writing his ticket. He was interrupted again moments later by the sight of the clerk, still tearing off his duct tape bonds, shouting to report a robbery. Back in their tenement building, Edna smiled and patted her grandchildren on their backs as they counted the money.

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