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His voice stern, Mikey growled, "Okay, first thing's first - this shit is one hundred percent true. Got it?We're not bullshitting about any of this. For real. So don't tell us that we're full of shit, or you can gohave a fuckin' sleep-over with that asshole over in the Hack Shack.""Got it," Richie grunted, then flopped over onto the floor. He was out of it."This all went down a long time ago, before any of you were here. At least twelve years, I'd say.Mikey?""Yeah, fer sure. At least that long. Back when these little punks were still givin' out handjobs in Juvie,ha.""It was a while back, anyways. Me and Mikey here were both running with different crews back then,into different shit, but we knew each other. I guess I woulda been about your age," he said, pointingdown at me. "So, one day The Fish Tank had just been emptied out into the pod, and there's a new fishwith 'em that immediately starts turning heads. I was playing checkers on the tier upstairs when theyall came walking through the gate, looking like a bunch of lost little lambs down there on the range.They came toddling in behind a couple of the hacks, and at the end of the line is the prettiest littlesweet-boy this whole penitentiary has ever seen. I don't play no grab-ass like Coltrane up there, butthis kid ... he was, I dunno ... almost like an angel, or something. He was too perfect, like a picture outof a magazine, y'know? Slender and fair-haired, teenybopper heart-throb material. Yeah, the kid waspretty, all right, and he looked like he'd be easy to punk."Big Rob took a moment to pause and force back a swig of the awful, cloying Pruno, a noxious blendof fermented fruit, sugar packets and yeast. As he grimly swallowed it down, Mikey jumped in andcontinued the story. "The new fish immediately drove the whole pod completely fuckin' nuts. Thewolves were losing their minds, for real. The guards were looking worried - a pretty kid like that cancause a lot of hard feelings between the bulls. Hard feelings usually turn into murder. So they releasedthe other fishies to the care of the boss at the guard hut, then hustled the pretty-boy off to ProtectiveCustody, post-fuckin'-haste. They kept him there for a few days, but the wolves didn't forget abouthim, not for a moment. All the time, they're asking about the kid to the trustees who had access to PC.They're asking if the kid's lonely, if he wants a candy bar or a fuck-book or a baggie of fuckin' horse,whatever the kid might possibly want ... they're handing the trustees love notes to give to him, money,weed, all kinds of shit. Finally, a con named Holbrook called in some heavy favours, and the hacksmoved the kid back into the pod. More to the point, into Holbrook's cell. I remember watching as thehacks walked the young fella across the pod and up the stairs to his new home. The kid had noexpression in those wide, blue eyes. None at all. Just ... blank.

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