No Cash, Only Letters by Bogdan Dragos

A woman in a ski mask looking sideways and holding a crowbar in a dark alley
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“Got me a little crowbar

and one of

them ol’ school

ski masks,” she said. “And just

before it was

about to go

down, my

pathetic-ass boyfriend

punked out of it.

I lost all my respect for

the guy on that


I still love him, yeah. But I

no longer respect


It really is a big, big, huge

difference there, you


Such display of weakness

is unforgivable.

So I refused to go down

with it. I refused to

punk out like he did, and followed

along with the plan

by myself.

I went ahead, put on the ski mask

and grabbed the

trusty crowbar and cornered

the mailman in

the dark alley. See, where I’m

from, the mailman

doesn’t bring only the mail,

he’s also delivering

the pension to old

people. That’s how

it goes. So I figured he’s

gotta have quite the

cash on him.

I gave a few good swings at

his head, yeah,

but still I could tell that

his screams were fake. He

dropped down

and played dead like a fucking

coward. Lost all my

respect for him

as well. I wanted to fuckin’

bash his face in, unhinge his

jaw or something. But

the bag was too

exposed. So fat and so

full. I grabbed it

and ran.

But, after I got back to my

place… well, what do you know, there

were only letters in it. No

cash. Not one fucking bill.

Letters only.

Yeah, I was pissed.

So pissed that I went to the

fridge, got me a cold

can of beer,

opened it

and sat back on the couch

opening letters for

the rest of the night.

I had the TV on in

the background, on the local news, just

to see if something was

said about the unhappy


Welp, there was nothing.

And the letters… I read some

of them. Those that weren’t

written by hand. I can’t read

that shit. I read the

ones that were typed

and… Well, I discovered that the

world is quite the

pathetic place to live in. It’s

the people that make

it so.

They’re all crazier than I am.

Those people

who write I mean…”


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan takes the reader into the dark alleys of the psyche. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and nothing can stop a mind that’s lost its balance. Faking the screams and playing dead was what took me by surprise, but also made me realize that that’s perception at its scariest. The grass may appear greener on the other side, but people appear crazier on the other side of the page. I’ll just stick to emails and stay away from dark alleys. Happy Halloween!
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Ah yes, the dark alleys of the psyche ( ˘ ͜ʖ ˘)

      My favorite exploration grounds ◉‿◉

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Isn’t that Susan (now calls herself Elliot) behind the mask? Look at the lips and eyes. Definitely Elliot……

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I’m not up to date with celebrities and their lives (◕︵◕)

      Never have been (never will be either…)


      1. Yeah. Susan/Eric , Felicity/Franco, he/she/it…..all goes over the top of my head

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  3. Well dang 😳👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks! ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kirsten says:

    Great write, Bogdan! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ヽ(•‿•)ノ Thank you, Kirsten!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Kirsten says:

        😊 Always a pleasure.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    There are some really crazy people out there and it is a bit scary. This person was obviously one without conscience and had a strange idea of fun. It makes you wonder however, how many people become violent with all the violent shows, games, and horrible stuff on the news. Very sad. I wouldn’t want to be around her when she gets bored. Nice writing Dragos. Sending some big hugs, Joni

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    1. It’s true that some people become more dangerous as they grow bored. ヽ(O_O )ノ
      That’s basically the problem with the majority of human kind.
      It’s their inability to spend time alone with themselves, so to get out they resort to doing crazy things (some crazier than others…)

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  6. Cassa Bassa says:

    That took a real turn…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I love it when that happens (๑ →‿←๑)


      1. Cassa Bassa says:

        The surprise is what I anticipate 😅

        Liked by 1 person

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