By Anton Myrer
Two brothers, as varied as evening and day: one, captivating and ruthless, buys his approach into Harvard, Wall highway, and excessive society; the opposite brother is still via his mother's aspect and makes his option to the head with no the impression of cash or prestige.
Raised in separate worlds, those brothers are sure by way of a sour contention for riches and gear, yet as a rule, for the fascinating, wildly desirable girl they try all their lives to own, a girl whose ardour for one destroys her love for the other.
Their tale consumes an American century, spanning many years of majesty, fight, upheaval, and struggle. It's an soaking up saga of blameless desires and eco-friendly hope corrupted by way of gilded temptation.
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O, how she loved her gold shoes, all of them. Finally she couldn't resist. She put on the red dress. I know red doesnt come in so good on the set, but the red dress I like ... I love. She posed, looked over her shoulder into the mirror . . then the other shoulder, adjusted the length to various heights, started to try to zip it up but after half an inch and many minutes of exertion and squeezing and stuffing and adjusting she gave it up so she stood with it unzipped in front of her mirror, liking what she saw as she looked through eyes of many yesterdays at herself in the gorgeous red dress and gold shoes she wore when her Harry was bar mitzvahed .
Just as well, that sonofabitch mighta put a hole in my shoe. He tugged his arm up and then his hand and took a drag of his cigarette. Harry took another long drag on his cigarette and inhaled it slowly and deeply, tasting each particle of smoke and savoring the way it seemed to titillate his tonsils and throat, krist it tasted good. There was something about smack that made a cigarette taste so fuckin good. Ya know what we oughtta do man? Huh? We oughtta get a piece a this shit and cut it and off half of it, ya dig?
The laughter was getting a little louder and a little more energetic. Watch she die of? Who said she was dead? She was a visitor, har, har, har. The heads stopped bobbing and started shaking. Thats pretty good, eh? Really had ya goin, didnt I? Yoe know somethin jim? youse got the right job cause yoe haid is daid baby, an ah means daid. A hand reached up and turned the volume of the radio up and the music worked its way through the blue smoke and over the chuckling and laughter. Hey, that's mah man wailin.
A Green Desire by Anton Myrer