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Creative Writing


Illustration by Robyn Grant

Need by Joel Bentley
Illustration by Robyn Grant


“So, I was on my way home yesterday and I get on the bus. It was late and pretty quiet, and as I’m sitting down I see this silver-green card on one of the seats. One of those three-zone bus passes.”
             “Jackpot.”
             “I know, exactly. They’re a hundred and forty bucks. So I’m about to grab it when I stop myself and think, do I really need this?”
             “You can’t hesitate like that. You’ve just gotta take it.”
             “But what if someone needs it more than me? I’m broke, but I’m getting by.”
             “Please.”
             “Well, then I started thinking, maybe I should give it to someone? I start looking around, taking stock, making split-second evaluations: Pressed sports coat? No. Short skirt, green tights? No. Hoodie, skateboard? No.”
             “Pea coat, striped tie? No. Lulu leggings, headband? No.”
             “Yeah, exactly. I was like this self-appointed judge. And it makes me uncomfortable, all these visual assessments.”
             “But that’s all you’ve got.”
             “Yeah, it is. But I live here. I take that bus everyday and I don’t know any of them. This body of people is completely foreign to me. The only time I attempt conversation is when I’m hitting on someone.”
             “Classy.”
             “So then this guy with a cane steps on.”
             “Of course.”
             “He’s disheveled, tired.”
             “The perfect candidate.”
             “He sits down and I can see he sees it. He looks around, switches to the seat beside it, puts his palm over it, and slides it into his pocket. I feel like cheering, clapping, giving him a big pat on the back.”
             “But you don’t.”
             “No. I stand up and step off the bus.”




 
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