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Words of the Drunk

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"Sometimes I just wanna forget who I am for a while. Close my eyes and forget my heart's beating, ".. He says.
..... A big mug on his right hand, half empty, foamy. Shaky hand too.
Eyes fixed on mine... His a bit teary, almost as if he can't hold it much longer.
.. " You know to them its always money, it is to me too. But never would I buy a thousand buck bottle. "
...... Sings a merry song that makes the whole lot at the counter join in. Even the tender.... Then from the far end if the counter, a lady orders his mug be filled.... He doesn't seem bothered.. " Cheers he says. "raising his mug to the lady.
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" I'd die for honor you know. Nothing gets my heart pumping than a pint of respect.. But my son, for love I'd never die. "
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Rolls his left sleeve up, a flashy tattoo. I know it hurts him by how his focus shifts and then closes his eyes for a few.. Remembering something...
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" My son, for love I'd never die. I'd rather watch it run dry. " .
...... Unbuttons his shirt and pushes the tank top to show a huge scar that's healed but not completely...
" I .. I... I.. I, got stubbed almost bleed to death fighting.. Fighting... I never set eyes on her again...... "
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He drowns the whole mug down then turns...
... " Fill his mug again "... The lady at the edge says..
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. " For love my son, I'd never die.. My heart refused to. " he chuckles.
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" I don't drink for pain.. Son.. I don't drink over stress. Not for sleep..... Not for memories or to celebrate.... I don't drink at all.... "..
Breaks into a rather romantic song that somehow the whole lot seem to know... They all clap before he blenches.....
.. " Am looking to die a happy man. Not a disturbed one. One with all but nothing to lose... "...
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He walks away, and hands his unsipped mug to a fellow at the door....and slowly he disappears....

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