Running the Point - A Story Shares Original

  • Chapter 1

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    The old Toyota behind the warehouse was Ennie’s fortress.

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  • It was a hollowed out husk of a wreck with doors that refused to open, two missing tires, and a smashed driver’s side window.

  • In the back seat Ennie had stashed a BB gun, a Swiss army knife, and a ratty old copy of Sports Illustrated with Russell Westbrook on the cover.

  • Westbrook was his favorite player.

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    A patchy, crooked wire fence separated the alleyway from the parking lot, and despite the fact that the cars parked only a dozen feet away, the fence made the mountain of junk that surrounded the car seem isolated from civilization.

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  • Sometimes Ennie wondered if the rotting lumber and broken bricks were important ruins left over from when the city had first been settled.

  • Other times he liked to imagine that he could use them to build his own house far away from his Aunt Lucía one day.

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    His tia was a strict Mexican lady with a sharp tongue.

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  • The last time she’d caught him in the alley she had grounded him for a week and warned him about all sorts of horrible diseases.

  • Still, risking her wrath was worth getting the thrill of exploring the unknown worlds of the laneway.

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    But today he wasn’t interested in any of that.

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  • Today he had come back here to forget about the way that Troy had embarrassed him.

  • Troy was the tallest kid in basketball camp, and when he’d spotted Ennie this morning he’d poured a whole bottle of Gatorade down his shirt.

  • That was bad enough, but even worse was the way he dominated Ennie in the one-on-one drill.

  • Ennie was quick with his dribble and always bragged that he would be the next Westbrook, but the scrimmage had ended without Ennie scoring even a single point over the fourteen-year-old’s massive reach.

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    Ennie reached the car and climbed through the broken window.

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  • But his bag of belongings was not where he left them in the back seat.

  • He only found a ratty blanket and a few empty bags of Chinese noodles.

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    Ping.

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