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Thrown Off the Scent

Shayna Friedman

“I hate these garbage trucks!” Chavi was going to be late. They had been sitting in traffic at 47th Street and 14th Avenue for the last 20 minutes and all because of an awful garbage truck. It was bad enough she had to go to the doctor and miss the siyum — but now this?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Well, it really all began with that rusty nail sticking out of an old desk that had scraped her when she ran past it. The old desks were lined up in the hallway waiting for garbage removal. Another red light. Chavi let out a huge sigh. “Chava’la, being aggravated won’t get us there any faster,” Mrs. Lemmel said. “You’re off from school and we’re going out together. Let’s enjoy it.” “Enjoy it?! I’m going to miss the siyum because of this!” Chavi waved her hand at the large truck ahead of them, blocking the street. “Okay,”Mrs.Lemmel stopped her. “I’m going to catch up on some Tehillim, but just imagine if there were no garbage trucks.”

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