the smuggler’s bible


There’s an alley behind Third Street near Maywood where you can hear mariachi music. Val says it’s an acoustic trick, that there are caves in Europe which demonstrate the same principle.

Lorel thinks the restaurant on the corner hired an amateur to rig the sound system.

Anyway, that’s where they fight the kids down out of Spencerville. Nothing personal, just turf. But they play for keeps, swinging chains and lead pipes.

Lorel strides through the melee wearing her leather gloves, socking the invaders cold. Feet planted, arm straight. Perfect follow through.

They fall like wheat, all while the trumpets play.