“No, Stevo, I’m telling ya. I’m gonna do it. I don’t have any choice… Of course, he’ll go for it. I mean, you know him, right? All those magazines all over the place, but not a man in sight…”
“Exactly… He’s old. He’s lonely. And he’s got money. Loads of it…”
“When? Right now, mate. Yes, right now… I’m walking down his road…”
“Nah, mate, I haven’t got any credit, so I’ll have to phone him from the telephone box over there…”
“No, Stevo… I have to… How the fuck else am I going to pay those fines, let alone eat? Look, mate, enough of the chat, alright? I’m at the telephone box now…”
Lifeline is taken from a forthcoming collection of short stories and flash fiction by J H Martin, entitled Street Walking. An earlier version of the story first appeared in Dialogual, a dialogue-only short story magazine.