He’d been my hero ever since school, not because he was smart, more for the rebellious streak that ran through him. Having him as a friend felt like a gift but one that didn’t come without risk.
Truancy and petty shop lifting would inevitably bring us to the attention of local gangs looking to recruit. I’d reached a major turning point in my life. My whole future depended on the direction I chose.
It took all my strength and resolve to walk away from a life of crime and my best friend, but we were destined to follow different paths.