I dipped into a convenience store near Shorty and got a sandwich and some pretzels, then on my way out I gave her some cash. She looked up and smiled briefly, then retreated back into herself.

I could see the surfer out there in front of the shoe store. I walked up to him and asked if he was still hungry. "Yes!" he said. I offered up the goods and his smile faded. "Oh," he said, slowly taking a deep breath in when he realized I got him some food and would not be giving him cash. "Is that meat? I'm a vegetarian." I said it was chicken. "Yeah, damn, that is really nice of you, but I can't eat meat. I could use a few dollars for a falafel, though."

"Take it or leave it," I said, waving the pretzels.

"Ah, no thanks," he said, "God bless."

His eyes were already on the next passerby.

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