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I liked this a lot, Lance: a casually told story that affected me as complete, poignant and pure while also piquing the (this?) reader's own imagination.

Exiled in New Jersey

Almost a classic enabler, another type for the next time that discussion comes up.

The Viscount

Almost a classic enabler.

Glad you qualified this comment with Almost.

At this stage - really giving him the cups was best choice - the most generous act of kindness that could have been done at the time.

It is a shame that alcohol can have such a positive effect on some and such a devastating effect on others.

A most excellent post.

M.A. Peel

What strikes me is that the Man has the companionship of his brother. There is a richness to that, no matter what the circumstances.

Kevin Wolf

Nicely written and short but I can still feel all the rest of the untold story of these two men.

Martin Wisse

Actually, in as far as one can judge from that tale, it seems these two have their addiction under control, just slowly drinking themselves to death, not really bothering anyone.

For some people, that is the best life can be.

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