Bluford Series - The Gun - Book 6

  • Chapter 1

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    Man, I hate this place, Tyray Hobbs thought as he walked slowly towards Bluford High School.

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  • The motion from each step sent a dull jab of pain into his left wrist, making him wince slightly.

  • Just outside Bluford’s thick steel front doors, Tyray adjusted his jacket, careful to conceal the bone-colored cast which now encased his left hand.

  • The pain and cast were constant reminders of the humiliation he suffered four days ago.

  • Until then, Tyray had been the most notorious bully in Bluford’s freshman class.

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    Six feet tall and muscular, he could clear a path in a crowd just by showing up.

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  • In middle school, Tyray had learned to use his size to intimidate people he didn’t like.

  • Sometimes, he impressed his friends by forcing smaller boys to give him money or do his homework.

  • Other times, he threatened kids for fun.

  • At Bluford, Tyray’s reputation continued to grow.

  • And then Darrell Mercer came along.

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    The first time they met, Tyray thought Darrell was the perfect target— a scrawny, weak kid who transferred to Bluford in the middle of the school year.

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  • Having just moved from Philadelphia days earlier, Darrell didn’t know a soul in California, and he was scared.

  • A punching bag with legs, Tyray thought.

  • He had recognized the fear in Darrell’s eyes from day one.

  • After a bit of pressure, Darrell was giving Tyray his lunch money each week in hopes of being left alone.

  • It was some of the easiest money Tyray had ever made.

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    But four days ago, everything changed.

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  • The incident replayed in his mind like a scene from an old movie.