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The Ticket

Rachel Stein

Blue flashing lights made Mr. Markowitz groan as he pulled over to the side of the road, the police car pulling to a stop right behind him. “What’s wrong, Tatty?” Doniel asked. “Police,” Tatty explained tersely, as an officer swaggered out of his car and came up to his window.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Didn’t you see the stop sign at the corner, Mister?” the officer demanded. “Of course, Officer,” Tatty replied. “So why didn’t you stop?” the officer continued. “But I did, Sir. I always stop at stop signs.” The officer glared at Tatty, and Tatty calmly returned his stare. “License and registration,” the officer snapped. “What’s going to happen now, Tatty?” Doniel wanted to know. “Looks like we’re getting a ticket,” Tatty explained with a sigh. “It’s okay, Donny. Gam zu l’tovah.” “But it’s not fair!” Doniel said angrily. “You stopped! Why did he say you didn’t?”


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