No Regrets

Posted: August 10, 2022 in Friday Fictioneers

yeah, used to be that guy or a guy like that. shaved my head. tattooed my scalp. wore keys that meant nothin on chains hangin from my belt. jingle-jangle. joined some guys. scared regular citizens for no reason. yelled at an old lady til she cried. real tough. nabbed a stroller. baby and all. hid it on hester st. laughed til our sides split. more shit went down. then julio found a girl. and left. then marcus, deric, little sam. i kept on keepin on. someone had to. now i’m scratchin my memoir on a wall in cell block 8.

  1. michael1148humphris says:

    What great writing, I am sure that he has more to tell

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  2. Dear Lish,

    Great voice in this story. Stunning last line.



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  3. neilmacdon says:

    Hopelessness well conveyed. He should have followed Julio’s example, maybe

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  4. Prior... says:

    Ouch to the ending and excellent details in such a short post – powerful

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  5. Danny James says:

    ya pay the price bro

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  6. All ‘good’ things come to an end. Writing style and subject matter perfectly matched, nice one.


  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like he still hasn’t realised he was the last fool standing.

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  8. Bill says:

    True story for so many. 🙂 Well done.


  9. msjadeli says:

    Sounds about right, Alicia. I thought he was going to be a ghost, but prison is just about the same. Gritty story with a ring of truth.

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  10. James McEwan says:

    Some people grow out of the wrong crowd, unfortunately some fail to change. Is Cell Block 8 specific to delinquents?

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  11. GHLearner says:

    Being the one who ‘holds up the fort, keeps up the fight…’ always pays the price. Great writing! (and I would have loved to read the one-armed version, too. 🙂 )

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  12. poetisatinta says:

    Fantastic writing love it 🙂

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  13. CGraith says:

    This post is unique, fresh, true talent. Though I the stolen baby really got me!


  14. granonine says:

    Great story on this prompt! The question I have is, did being incarcerated change his thinking?

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  15. Dale says:

    This is a fantabulous take, Alicia! I love what you did and I can so easily picture it. Some just won’t let go of “that” life, eh?


  16. Serves him right, that turd!

    Do you publish longer stuff, Alicia? ‘Cause if you do, I very much wanna read it!

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  17. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this is great. Very gritty reality. You say so much here in so little words. Well done


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