Tom Kelly

Dumpster Divers

At closing time, the Little Caesars on Broad Street cleans house and tosses twenty fresh Hot and Ready pizzas, boxed and stacked, into an industrial dumpster behind the shop. Twice a week, Izzy pedals her ten-speed Schwinn across the city to salvage as many pies as her carrier bag can fit. Tonight, her friends come as back-up, because a member of their rag-tag bicycle club got into a fistfight with a rival gang over some trashed bags of Krispy Kreme apple fritters, resulting in a busted lip, a torn earlobe, and an unspoken war. Their jean jackets beat in the breeze. Puddles slick their spokes which ease