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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)
TITLE: Deputy Smith
By Annette Agnello
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“Got a problem there?” asked the deputy.
“No everything’s fine, just fine.”
Reaching for the nozzle, “ Let me help you with that.” he pumped he gas, got money from the drunk and came in to pay us. “Where can I park his car, he will need to be leaving it here overnight.”
I recognized him, “Lynn Allen?”
“That’s me, do we know each other?”
“Since we were seven, we were in the same class in second grade” He still didn’t know who I was, I didn’t enlighten him. “You can park the car over there.” Lynn Allen moved the car and took the drunk to spend the night as a guest of the county.
As soon as he’d left I started laughing. I laughed so hard Valerie asked, “What’s the big joke?”
“Deputy Lynn Allen Smith,” I laughed, “Lynn Allen, on the right side of the law.” All I could think of was the Lynn Allen of my childhood. An absolute momma’s boy to be called by both his first and middle name. He had been bigger than most of the kids. He used his size to get what he wanted. We all knew he was the class bully, he mainly threatened the rest of us until he got his way. As far as I know he never hurt anyone. He did tear up a book of mine which I had brought to school when the class was studying about the American Indians, mother was furious at that. I just never figured him as being on the right side of the law. Seeing Lynn Allen in that uniform, being a law abiding citizen was a the biggest joke I had about ever seen.