‘for toys and small offenses’

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This story is now published as part of the anthology ‘Loyal and True’.

Somewhere along the line there was a falling out. 

Reyes Polio, Darren Sylvest, Robert Zadrozny and Gavin Fernadez were friends since kindergarten.

No one was sure if it was money or a fight over a girl but either way they had not spoken for more than a decade.

It was a remarkable friendship that had lasted through many disasters so there was always hope.


Elizebeth Reedholm, who knew all four men decided to do something about the situation.

After a lot of cajoling she managed to arrange a get together at a local outdoor cafe.

You could feel the tension as the four men arrived. There were signs of reconciliation, but it was not to last.

Someone said something about someone and the old wounds opened up.


All four men left in a huff.

The empty table and chairs; a testament to pride and ill chosen words.

“Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.”

Robert Burton


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