The Junk Box – p.13

February 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm 1 comment

Just before dawn, an old man came shambling down the alley. He hadn’t eaten in a day or two, but knew he could usually find something in the dumpster. So many places threw away food that was still perfectly fine, and he was glad. He wasn’t homeless, but he rarely had money leftover for food after paying his other bills.

He came upon a strange sight: there were rats digging through a small box near the dumpster. Each one came away with a mouthful of some sort of food. The man picked up an empty beer can lying nearby and threw it at them. They scattered, but didn’t go far. He walked up to the box, keeping an eye on the rats that were loitering around the dumpster, and looked inside.

The box seemed to be filled with trash, like food wrappers and paper cups. But then he saw a box of cookies, an unopened bottle of water, and a pack of crackers, so he snatched them out. The rats were squeaking impatiently, but kept their distance.

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