TITLE: THE BOYS OF ALPHA BLOCK
GENRE: Adult General fiction
Tarvis Phillip James crouched against the rough rubber mat, balling himself into a tight human fist. Making himself small, and invisible. Well, it was too late for that. He was fucked. They could see him, and worse, they could smell him and the vomit and stench of the detention center. Game over, and it could only get worse from here on out. He was now the property of the Alpha Juvenile Prison system.
He rose up, careful not to make a sound, and peered out the side window of the van. A grey cinder block building squatted among the palm trees at the end of a long drive. No windows in the place, not an opening in sight. Only one way in, he could see, and certainly no way out.
The van screeched to a halt in front of metal double doors. Tarvis’s knees shook. His insides were screaming.
No welcome sign.
The window of the van was open an inch, and the quiet-- except for the crackle of palms in a light wind--was unnerving.
What if I just bust out this door and make a run for it? What would they do? Shoot me? That might be good…
The double doors blasted open. Six deputies in green tumbled out of the darkness, shiny metal objects jangling at their waists. To Tarvis, it seemed like some damn alien movie.