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by Galen Black

While I was visiting my mom and dad a few weeks ago I found one of my old toys. I had forgotten about the GI Joe doll my parents had bought for me. I found the doll sitting in an alley, bumming for change. I tried to walk by and not make eye contact, but I was recognized.

"Is that you. Sparky?" the doll said.

"Hey, Joe! How things going?"

"How do you think things are going?"

"I don't know. You look good!"

"Oh, shut up!!!! I don't look good!"

"Sure you do!"

"You shaved my head, you stabbed me with darts, you burned me with a magnifying glass, and you tore my arms off at the shoulders and ripped my legs off at the knees. I look like a wreck!"

"I also left you stuck in a tree for a week and crushed you with a pile of bricks."

There was a brief silence.

"Those were good times, Sparky. Sure is good to see you."

"Yeah. I'll see you around Joe!"

I threw him two bucks in change and walked away. I didn't look back, I didn't want him to see me cry.

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