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New York City Stalkers

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They stalked me the length of the block, down the subway stairs, onto the #2 train, through the whole ride to 96th Street, where they got off and changed to the #1 along with me. Upstairs at 116th Street, what did I meet but those same stalking fragrances: not sweet, no, not those—the pungent ones that promised pleasures beyond measure that they could not deliver and never would. I said a prayer to my HP, “Please, please deliver me. Give me strength to keep on walking past the cafes, the markets, and the carts with the scents that they send

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