Max and Demetrius walk into the hospital. They go to the front desk and talk to the nurse. They ask, “Hey can we go see Anthony Gomez?” The nurse looked exhausted. She glimpses at the clipboard, “Hmmm…He is on the 3rd floor, Room 213. May I ask why you boys want to see him?” Max chokes up, and Demetrius steps in and says, “He is our cousin ma’am. We just want to make sure he is okay. We are worried.” The nurse looks at him, “Okay? Take the elevator.”
Demetrius instantly calms down. Anthony wakes up opening his eyes slowly. He sees both of them in front of the bed. He immediately recognizes them. Anthony faintly says, “What’s up my dudes.” Max smiles, “Aye AG, how are you hanging. How’s your back?” Anthony squints his eyes because he was sore, “Yeah Coop, they sewed me up. It wasn’t that bad.” Demetrius says, “What happened AG? You got beef with PSM?” Anthony turns his attention to Demetrius, “Nah, I don’t know. When he stabbed me, that Motherf****r said something about my cousin.” Demetrius started to get anxious, “Don’t tell me that your cousin is beefing with PSM now?” Anthony looks down and sighs, “Nah, I hope not because now I have to watch my back.”
The time is 6:00 p.m and the sun is going down. The worse part is Max and Demetrius missed the last bus, and now they are stranded in Downtown. Max and Demetrius start to walk back to West Highland District. They can see all the junkies come out at night. They walk past a homeless man that is sitting on the floor. He has on a dirty sweater, ripped jeans, and has no shoes. The man had an odor of urine. The homeless man says, “Hey! I like your shoes. Give them to me!” Demetrius said, “F**k no. Back the F**k off before me and my homeboy break your mouth.” The old man is holding a large rock and threatens to throw it if Demetrius didn’t give him his shoes. The old man stands up and yells, “Give me your F****n shoes, little S**t!”
Demetrius gets in a fighting stands, and Max tells him, “Yo, let’s just go Demetrius it ain’t worth it.” Demetrius has been traumatized ever since the day at the basketball courts. He loses his temper every time someone threatens to steal his shoes. Then, the man gets closer, and Demetrius pushes the man back and punches him in the jaw. The old man falls back on the floor. Max pulls Demetrius by the shirt and yells, “What the F**k D? Let’s get the F**k out of here!” They run about a mile down the street and stop. They are both gasping for air. Max tells Demetrius, “Why the F**k did you do that man?” Demetrius is coughing and says, “Man, you already know how I feel about my shoes.” Max nods his head and says, “Yeah.” They start to walk a couple of miles. Max and Demetrius stroll through an area filled with wealthy people. They can see fancy clothing stores, luxury cars parked on the sidewalk, and jewelry stores. Max thought to himself if they had those stores in the Highland District they would be broken into and the cars would be stolen.
As they were walking, Demetrius couldn’t help but notice that the people on the sidewalk were looking at them with an ugly look. Each time they pass by someone they would be looked at them as if they were a disease. Max started to notice too. There is something that Max and Demetrius didn’t know about people with money. The rich didn’t like no outsiders in their luxury neighborhood. Then, a police officer is driving around the street making sure that it is safe. The officer stops by the sidewalk and gets off his vehicle. He calls Max and Demetrius. The officer says, “Hey, you two get over here!” He is a big and tall, middle age man, who thinks he knows everything. The thing with this cop is he always demands, respect no matter who the person is. He is the type of cop that takes the law into his own hands. The cop has on a tactical belt that has a gun, pepper spray, a baton, handcuffs, taser, and a radio that barely fit. The officer says, “You boys lost or something?” Max can see his name tag that says, Officer Smith and has three chevrons on his uniform. Max says, “No, sir we are just on our way home.” Officer Smith yells at Max, “It’s Sergeant Smith! Can’t you see? Don’t you have any F****n respect!” Max’s expression goes blank. Then, Smith chuckles while resting his arm on his holster, “You know, I like having this neighborhood clean and spotless if you know what I mean.” Demetrius and Max instantly get offended. Max says, “What you mean?”Sergeant Smith looks at Max’s demeanor, “Well can’t you see? You punks don’t belong here?” Demetrius interrupts Smith, “This is a free country! We can go wherever the F**k we want!” Smith gets furious and stares at Demetrius with an evil look, “What the F**k did you say!? Don’t you know who you are talking to son!” Demetrius stares at him back and says, “You can’t be harassing us. You are racial profiling us because of our appearance!” The cop loses his temper and says. “You know what I think you punks are gang affiliated. I think you boys have warrants!” The cop takes his gun out yells, “GET ON THE F***N GROUND YOU GANGBANGERS! YOU GUYS ARE DISTURBING THE PEACE!” Max puts his hands up and says, “You are a crooked A** Motherf****n pig!” Demetrius yells, “This punk A** cop is F****n profiling us man! He is a piece of S**t!”
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