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  • "It's eleven clock at night," Tyrone said, "How do you tell the two honkies from the two brothers?"

    Terry scratched her head. Brothers were other black people. Honkies must be white people; Terry was sure she’d that heard before. Obviously, one is black and the other white, but . . . that probably wasn't what Tyrone was getting at. "I don't know," Terry said. "Enlighten me."

    "The two honkies is the ones with the flashlights and reflective vests, walking down the sidewalk toward home." Everyone laughed. "And the two brothers, they's the ones struttin' down the middle of the street, dressed all in black, heading out for a night on the town."

    Déquan and André slapped hands and laughed. Essie laughed too, stood up, and twirled around.

    "Tyrone," Terry said, “that sounds like a racist joke. It's not very PC."

    "That shows what you know, little girl," Tyrone said, putting his huge arm around her thin shoulders. "It's only racist if y'all say it. If I say it, it's cool. It's fat."

    “So, wait, why do black people, pardon me, why do they walk down the middle of the street?”

    “Cuz we bad!”

    "And listen, Tyrone, would it be cool if I told an Italian joke, since I'm part Italian?"

    "Nah," Tyrone said, grinning ear to ear, "nuttin' you could say would ever be as cool as I am just standin' here." He gave her a squeeze. If Claude had said that to her, she would have been hurt and offended. But when Tyrone said it, it sounded both cool and okay. She felt included, accepted. She leaned against the great bulk of his body and closed her eyes, listening to the bass beat and the wailing sound of the Tyrone’s blues band.

    For the first time in months, maybe years, she felt at home, here, a white girl in an all black bar in the heart of Detroit. Tyrone was part of the source of her contentment, but it was more than that. She was chillin', everyone was chillin', and, finally, finally, it felt oh so right.

    Another small scene from my UNfinished nove, Disappearing. I did the illo with just the mouse on a computer with no cintique etc. Really quick, sorry about that.
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