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The Panhandler’s Breath
By Robin Dance

He slipped in sideways between the closing elevator doors, as if he were late to a meeting. He pressed the 5 without looking. Instead of suit and tie, though, baggy pants and faded navy hung on his tall, slim frame…and his stealth entry stiffened the hairs on the back of my neck.

I had noticed him a few seconds earlier, just after we had parted a sea of clamorous teens. He was smiling, grandfatherly, standing maybe 30 feet away, where the electric shuttle picks up.

I had no idea he had been watching us, studying us, predator patiently awaiting his next prey.

The four of us were sealed in a four-by six-foot metal tomb. Tomb. That thought really scampered across my mind. I wondered if he had a knife in his pocket. I wanted to protect my son. Fight-or-flight adrenaline pumped, but there was no where to run.

These extreme and ridiculous thoughts—and more—flashed through my mind.

The Stranger began speaking. “Yessir, I see you’re a family man with your wife and your son here.” He nodded in my and my son’s direction.

“You see I’m homeless and all I’ve got—” On cue, he reached into his left pocket and pulled out two old pennies blackened with age. Two cents to his name?! It was all too contrived, too practiced, and I didn’t believe a word he was saying.

It was then I smelled it—the small space lent itself to that—and I doubted my doubt. Continue Reading…