Bluford Series - Secrets in the Shadows - Book 3

  • Chapter 1

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    Roylin Bailey flipped on the bath­room switch and yelled,

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    Roylin

    “Mom, the switch still don’t work!

  • Didn’t Tuttle fix it yet?

  • This dump is falling apart!”

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    Mrs. Bailey

    “Roylin, that man don’t do nothin’ around here.

  • All he wants is to go to that racetrack and bet on horses.

  • He’d keep gamblin’ even if the ceiling fell down on us!

  • Yesterday I had to wash the baby in water I heated on the stove ’cause we don’t have enough hot water to fill a teacup!”

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    Mrs. Bailey called back.

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  • She had complained many times, but Tuttle, the building manager, was a sour-tempered little man who always had several days’ stubble on his face and a greasy Dodgers cap on his head.

  • Requests from the tenants fell on deaf ears.

  • But with five children, Mrs. Bailey had few choices of where to live in this neighborhood.

  • Roylin was almost seventeen, and he had a pretty good job as a waiter at the Golden Grill restaurant.

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    He worked three days a week and could bring home decent money in tips, especially on Saturday nights.

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  • But most of his earnings went to pay for insurance on his mother’s Honda.

  • Because he paid for the insurance, his mother allowed him to drive the car to work and school.

  • Between gas, insur­ance, and clothes, there was no way Roylin could afford to help his mother pay for a better place to live.

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    Roylin

    “Man, this place ain’t fit for the roaches on the walls,”

  • Narrator

    Roylin yelled, kicking the bathroom door shut.

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