Collect call from the Pottawatomie Jail

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Got a phone call the other night that went exactly like this….Collect call from the Pottawatomie Jail.   A woman’s computer voice asked me to deny or accept and I stood there motionless, thoughts pounding like volcanoes.  Is it someone I know?  Someone in trouble?  A life of regret over a string of bad choices.  Now you’ll always wear the black mark.  Branded for life for a petty crime.  Or was it something serious?  I pressed one for accept and two seconds passed like a century.  ”Hello, Kyle?” he said with tear stained trepidation.  My heart sank like a brick.  His call wasted on the wrong number.  ”I’m sorry.”  He’s probably lying in his bed wide awake with the lights out and eyes open wide.  How did it end up this way?  A life of regret over a string of bad choices.  Now you’ll always wear the black mark.  Branded for life for a petty crime.  Or was it something serious?

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