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  • Another solitary evening at Chapter Road. I decide to go grab a pizza. I check my new digital camera, sling it under my left arm, and like a pistol make sure it is hidden beneath my black coat. I sneak out of the house. Up the road I see an old acquaintance from my voluntary Christmas stint at the Cricklewood Homeless Concern – a short and angry Irishman who with his world-weary and manic grin assured me he was going to walk into the home one fine day and machine-gun every human being in the place. I check his person for any bulging weaponry and besides a cursory glance of acknowledgement we go our separate ways. I stop to take a photo of the gaunt statue of Christ at St Andrew's Parish. I’m thinking about this same odd-shaped Jesus when I step into the road. The motorbike comes fast. The front wheel kicks me in the left leg, a rapid punch ripples through my entire body. I come to on the ground.
    ‘Hey buddy,’ says the Santa-bearded drunk, ‘can you spare some change?’
    He’s leaning against the same rails I’m holding onto, as I try to compose myself, try to figure out what has just happened. Burnt denim is seeping into my skin.
    ‘I’ve just been hit by a motorbike.’ I say to him in shock.
    ‘Some change.’ He says, as if I didn’t hear him the first time.
    I limp home, longing for my bed. No pizza. His husky whispers echo in my rattled head, ‘Hey buddy, spare some change?’
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