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Charles sat shivering on the curb, arms crossed over his chest and knees pulled up close to his body to conserve warmth. He was hungry, barefoot, and more than a little cold. He wasn’t quite sure what had happened to his shoes and socks, but he was quite sure that he didn’t like resting his bare feet on the wet pavement of the road. He tried sitting with them lifted a few inches off the ground, but it was a difficult position to hold and he was too tired to try it more than once. Everything in his head felt fuzzy and indistinct. He started to check his watch before remembering it was gone, too. It had to have been a couple of hours at least. Maybe four or five. Or maybe just one – time was bending oddly, passing in indefinite flashes.
He kept waiting.
After a while, a pair of blinding headlights swept over him, making him squint as they drew closer. He felt like he should get up and probably reassure the driver that he wasn’t loitering and that he wasn’t looking for any trouble, but it took effort just to lift his head and his muscles were cramped stiff with the cold. So he just watched as the car slowed to a stop directly in front of him.
No one got out but the passenger window rolled down. “Hey,” said the man inside. He looked around forty, forty-five, and he had a distinctly predatory look on his face. “You out here alone?”
“Hello,” Charles called back. “No, I’m…waiting.”
Charles frowned. Now that he thought about it, he wasn’t entirely sure. But he knew he had been told to wait, so here he sat on the curb of a street he didn’t recognize, waiting. “I don’t know,” he said truthfully, “but I have to.”
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