He Had a Practiced Pimp Roll

Updated on April 17, 2018

Wayne Gable was tall and thin, and very dark complected, with fire tattoos on his face and forehead, above which a layer of close cropped hair was receding. Soon he'd have more skin canvas for more tattoos. At forty two, Gable was a part-time janitor and a state parolee who really wanted to just stay out of trouble and try to contribute to society. The days of selling cocaine and other high end drugs were behind him. He wanted nothing more to do with the darker side of reality. However, that was going to be very difficult to pull off.

Standing in front of a gas station over on Park Avenue directly in front of the four self-service pumps, it began. A twenty-seven year old rookie cop with a wife, a new born baby and a mortgage that made him go back on the street for overtime duties stood directly in front of him.

Gable dropped the bag he was carrying and the bottle of soda popped, almost sounded like gunfire. To the young rookie Gable looked exactly like a crook. Of course he did have a cocaine enterprise, but that was in his past life. The life he wanted no more. The life he turned in for a life that would allow him to live longer and live free. A life away from prison bars, and dark clouds. He didn't make much money as a janitor, but it was honest work. He wanted to save for an education after he obtained his G.E.D.

He was singled out by the rookie because he had a practiced pimp roll. Although he was never a pimp. In fact, he'd always treat women with respect, because of how his grandmother raised him. She didn't have the means to make something out of Gable, but she tried so hard to keep the spirit of Jesus in him. Unfortunately it was Jesus who turned him onto selling drugs. Jesus Padilla who lived on State Street near Bassick High School.

Gable remembered what his parole officer told him. He said that less than a hand full of people who return to the streets turn their lives around. Only a hand full really shook Gable to the core, and he wanted to be included in that hand full.

Gable thought he was standing up, but he wasn't. He was on the ground facing the sky. The clouds were a bit swollen, but puffy enough to hide the sun. It was odd because he knew it wasn't even noon yet and the day was darkly tinted.

The pain was feeling generous as it attacked almost every vital organ in Gable's body. He heard sirens and other police officers shouting out orders as a crowd tried to gather. He felt a cold piece of steal being shoved into his right hand, it felt odd because he was left handed. The steel object was a 22 caliber hand gun.

He tried to lift his hand up to see the gun and the veteran cop standing above him was going to step on his arm, but did nothing as if to acknowledge Gable's sudden vulnerability.

Gable smelled medical supplies in the air and two paramedics were hovering over him like angels. They were his last hope of survival. They were going to breathe life into him again, and he would forgive the rookie cop. That was Gable's plan. It was what his grandmother would have wanted him to do.

Let him bleed out, he tried to kill a cop. Let him bleed out, he tried to kill a cop. Let him bleed out, he tried to kill a cop.

After those words rung in his head like bells, Wayne Gable bled out.



© 2018 Frank Atanacio

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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 months ago from Shelton

      hey Eric thanks for stopping by again.. have fun

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am having so much fun writing these guys and dolls are hasseling me to get back in their legal game.

      I am going to do a practiced boxer roll. Frank I heard some preacher man say we should not have so much fun. I bet he never does.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 months ago from Shelton

      Oh Garret I forgot to tell you that your Japanese Restaurant comment was funny...:)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      Garret thanks for visiting my flash fiction ...:) Frank

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      Garret78 

      7 months ago

      What's a practiced pimp roll? Sounds like something I can get at a Japanese Restaurant anyways, I like the drama you have here, the crime committed by the police, and it is a crime not a police involved shooting, and I bet that's how it will go down. Clever real to life feel.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      Peggy Woods thank you for reading my pimp roll bless you

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This story was so well written and fast paced. Very sad ending for Wayne Gable who was trying to turn his life around. Also a bad start for that rookie cop who over reacted to the pop of that soda and ended up taking a life. Hopefully justice was served in the end.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      thank you for reading my pimp roll Coffee.. I appreciate the comment

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      Louise Powles 

      7 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I feel for Gable, this story is really moving, and my heart goes out to Gable. I really enjoyed your story Frank. I look forward to reading more.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      John thanks for reading my pimp roll.. :)

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      John M McNally 

      7 months ago

      That has everything a short story needs Frank, something to make you think, empathy, regret - a whole range of emotions, well told.

      The pain was feeling generous....good writing.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      Flourish, I do agree .. and thank you for checking out my pimp roll..:) Frank

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Wow. It’s so hard to turn your life around once you’re on a certain path. I used to volunteer in a prison for youth offenders and the odds are stacked against them. Once you have a record, there’s a load of assumptions and they’re so hard to shake.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      Genna East good eye..LOL thanks for stopping by

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      Genna East 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It's so sad that this happens far too often. I felt for Gable, as did we all, and hope that rookie cop gets what's coming to him. Any shooting by cop requires a full investigation. But the rookie couldn't know that Gable was left-handed. Well done, Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      I agree with you Eric... thanks for stopping by...:)

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      Eric Boyd 

      7 months ago

      Sometimes you just gotta shake your head Frank. Good short story

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Lol thanks for the laugh Paula

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      Paula 

      8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hmmmm, glaring pimp roll, stunningly scary story. I like the way your mind works and your words flow, Frank. Had me captivated from start to finish, but then my heart broke & my throat locked. Can we say, "over-reaction, panicked move...with a hair trigger blast?" Lord have mercy.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Ruby,,, bless you

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It happens daily. Blacks killed because they're supposed to be killers, when in reality they have families, they love their children. What an injustice done because of race. My heart went out to Wayne. A heartfelt story Frank told so well.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thanks manatita for checking out my pimp roll

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thank you MsDora..

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      Stark reality that one. A serious problem and one of many. Well told.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      "She tried so hard to keep the spirit of Jesus in him. Unfortunately it was Jesus . . ." Very effective. I took time to laugh. Still, sadness gripped me in the end. You are always good on engaging the reader's emotions.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Peg-Cole thank you so much for your comment

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Ok Li-Jen.....:) ;;; 0

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh my, darkness on the other side of the law this time. Who knows how his life might have turned around had Gable been given the chance. I can imagine that the pop of the soda pop factored into the police officer's reaction. Another intriguing tale and well told.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hahah...you can gamble...maybe you can be the first person to make me cry of laughter XP

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      yeah right...

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Haha...no it didn't work..because you're too funny to make me cry. I never cry of laughter in my life though...x)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      did it work? was I getting away in calling you Cry-Baby?

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hahah...nah, I know you're unpredictable...you just made that up! You didn't know..just finding excuses to call me cry-baby X)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      you're just the type that would see what the irony is...:O Cry-Baby O Cry Baby

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      how did you know...you know I like to ask questions...not sure if I do...but how?

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thanks again... :).....

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hahah...wow, you know me too soon....X) you're welcome!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Li-Jen, I knew you of all people would pull that Jesus out LOL.. thank you for supporting my Pimp Roll

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hey Frank. Jesus Padilla lol. I like how you can make the characters like Gable have a story of their own like what his grandma told him or how he wants to live freely. Your stories are different from each other...that's consistent but with the same theme. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Jack for visiting my pimp roll

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Eric, a man that preaches.. calling out pigs? LOL funny though...:)

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      jgshorebird 

      8 months ago

      Another sporty shorty. Twisted in the middle this time. I like the character description of Gable. The story seemed more real, flowed easy off the brain.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my what a story. It caught my eye that Gable was described as with a dark complexion. The equation is about appearance not race. Perhaps you did not intend such social implications but it rang true to me.

      Of course the pigs are disgustingly crooked. But the paramedics?

      Lookie there my comment is longer than your story. How embarrassing.

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