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: [Augustus Hill has just OD'd on drugs
] So how's he doing? Tim McManus
: [Grabbing Redding Angrily
] You son of a bitch, Augustus' blood is swimming in heroin, you want to fucking tell me about that! Tim McManus
: I don't know nothing about that! Just tell me how the fuck he is Tim McManus
: He's dying, he's lying in a fucking hospital bed, dying. Burr Redding
: So why the fuck are you sitting here trying to talk to me? Tim McManus
: I want to know who gave him the drugs Redding! Burr Redding
: McManus, I swear to you I don't know nothing about that! Tim McManus
: Why the fuck should I believe you? Burr Redding
: I'm getting old, I should've died a long time ago, but there's one thing I won't do and that's outlive that boy, now you go to him and do everything you can and I swear to you I'll find the motherfucker that gave him smack! Tim McManus
: All right and when you do you bring him straight to me!
[Redding immediately searches for Poet
: Hill O.D.'d, yesterday. You want to tell me about it? Burr Redding
: I know nothing about that! Tim McManus
: Bullshit. Burr Redding
: Fuck you! I've done a lot of shit in my life. I should probably be dead by now! But there's one thing I won't do, and that's outlive that boy!
: I got little mission for you, Colonel. A little Seek-And-Destroy.
[sarcastically, after Supreme Allah beats up Augustus Hill
] Burr Redding
: It takes a lot of balls to beat a fellow in a wheelchair.
: You the cat who wasted Simon Adebisi, Outstanding! I heard he was one mean motherfucker, which makes you even worse. Kareem Said
: I killed Adebisi in self defense, the court exonerated me. Burr Redding
: No doubt, but motive is less important than outcome, he's dead and you're not!
: Burr, I think it's important for you to know how things work around here. Burr Redding
: I grew up in the ghetto, Pops died when I was nine. I had to quit school at the age of ten and support my family shining shoes, shooting craps, doing some of everything. They shipped me off to Vietnam, where I learned to kill small children and women. I've been in all kind of penitentiaries from Arizona to Alabama and back. I'm not saying this out of pride or out of shame, I'm just letting you know that I know exactly how things work around here.
: Why didn't you let me have the paper route? Burr Redding
: What? Augustus Hill
: When I was ten, I wanted a paper route. Instead, you put me on the street, selling drugs. Burr Redding
: So, what do you want? An apology? Well, you ain't getting it! When your father died in 'Nam, I swore to him I'd look out for you, and I did. Augustus Hill
: How in the fuck did you do that? Burr Redding
: I taught you how to do the only thing I knew how. I kept you alive, I kept you fed, and I helped keep a roof over you and your mother's head! Augustus Hill
: Bullshit! The fact of the matter is, I wouldn't be in Oz, I wouldn't be in this chair, if you had only let me have the fucking paper route!
: They say since Adebisi died, you been running the Homeboys. Arnold 'Poet' Jackson
: That's right man, That's right Burr Redding
: They also say you been doin' a shit job! Arnold 'Poet' Jackson
: Look, old man, let me tell you something
] Burr Redding
: You think old man bothers me? Boy, I done dealt with a whole lot of men that much meaner than you, that said worse and never made it to old. My age is my honor and my strength! Arnold 'Poet' Jackson
: Shit, you just think you can come in here and take over. Burr Redding
: Some men are born leaders, others are not. A wise man knows his own limitations, you think on that!