WAREHOUSE by Randy Osborne
Judge John S. Flanders fixed me with hooded eyes. His hairy sausage fingers fumbled with the paperwork. Wet lips peeled away from yellow teeth.
I felt sick and dizzy.
“Who comes before us now?” Flanders boomed at me, drowning out my heart’s thunder.
It was 1965. Lyndon Johnson sent the first troops to Vietnam that year. Malcolm X was shot to death. Race riots tore up the South. In my hometown of Rockford, Illinois, I walked with my cousin Patrick and his brother Mike into an open building from which I took nothing. Then we all got arrested.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RANDY OSBORNE’s work has appeared in small literary magazines. He lives in Atlanta, where the Journal-Constitution described him as “a public-art provocateur.” He is finishing a book of personal essays, and is represented by Brandt & Hochman in New York. You can find more about his projects at www.randyosborne.com.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
BEN HIPP is an aspiring children’s book illustrator and spends most of his time drawing, painting, and watching horror movies. He lives with his cat, Vandal, who enjoys helping him paint by walking over his palette and sleeping on his art supplies. He lives in New York. You can find him online at www.Benhipp.com.