The Junction
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The Junction

Life Stories

An old reporter burns his clippings to stay warm but then he has nothing left.

Photo by Elias Schupmann on Unsplash

“Whachoo got there, ol’ man?”

He raised his head and met the bloodshot eyes of the skinny guy on the neighboring cot who had just spoken. Another junkie. Or tweaker. Or crackhead. Same difference. Like all the young ones in the shelter. He looked back down at the tattered newspaper clippings he had spilled from an envelope onto the cot.



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Christina Hoag

Journalist, novelist, world traveller. Author of novels Law of the Jungle, Skin of Tattoos and Girl on the Brink. Ex Latin America foreign correspondent.