Bluford Series - The Bully - Book 5

  • Chapter 1

  • Narrator

    With a cold November wind stabbing through his jacket, Darrell Mercer took one last walk with his best friend, Malik Stone.

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    Malik

    “Man, I can’t believe you’re movin’ to California tomorrow,”

  • Malik

    Malik said.

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    Malik

    “I just can’t believe I won’t see you no more.”

  • Malik

    Darrell shook his head.

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  • He could not believe it either.

  • In just a few hours, he would leave the only neighborhood he had ever known in his fifteen years.

  • Soon his street, high school, and every friend he had in the world would be thousands of miles away.

  • Thinking about what was ahead of him, Darrell felt like a man going to his own hanging

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    Darrell

    “I’ll miss you, man,”

  • Darrell

    Darrell said, his voice wavering.

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  • The boys had known each other since first grade at Harrison School on 44th Street.

  • Their neighborhood was definitely not one of Philadelphia’s best.

  • Most of the buildings were old and decaying, and graffiti covered just about every one.

  • Narrator

    Some houses were vacant, and a few had broken windows.

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  • Abandoned cars rusted along many streets, and occasionally local newscasts would run a story about city crime and feature this area as an example.

  • To many people, the neighbor­hood was trouble, but to Darrell and his friends, it was home.

  • Narrator

    True, there were guys selling drugs on street corners.

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  • But there were also good kids like Malik, Big Reggie, and Mark.