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I’d like to see more of this story. This feels like the beginning.

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Ronnie is going to make it! I was a little worried it was going in a different direction. I'm glad you're still writing during the school year. I know it's probably not easy, but I appreciate seeing your stories in my feed.

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Oh, for more people like Julius. In an ideal world, parents would be there for their kids. But that is not always the case. Well done, Justin.

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Loved the wolf howl moment. Good vibes in this one, Justin.

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That dialogue really spoke to me (no pun intended). Crisp, real. The way people actually talk. Nice!

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Love this. Feels real. Full of hope. And we all need that. Cool.

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Thank all the Gods for angels like Julius. So many teens feel entirely alone and hopeless living with poverty, with alcoholic or drug addicted parents. Or no parents at all. Julius has held out a lighted candle in the dark to this boy and given him a concrete plan. That you could write this hopeful story, really tells me a lot about you, Justin. I am proud to know you.

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Oct 23, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Justin, I can see these characters so clearly. You've made them come to life. I picture Ronnie looking a little like our old friend Todd... I agree that you should make this into a longer story. Perfect dialogue, as always!

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β€œOne hand washes the other” was a favorite saying of my dad’s. He also liked β€œMany hands make light work.” πŸ‘ŠπŸ’›

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Well done, Justin. A ray of hope plus someone watching your back, topped off with being pointed in the right direction - can make all the difference in the world.

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Makes me want to read more of the story!

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thanks Justin for an inspiring story to start my challenging day.

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Thanks Justin! Nothing like reading about an uplifted first thing on a Monday morning!

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