The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Leonard Pierce

Gotham’s Crown Point Currency Exchange is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  That is why Julian Gregory Day is there.

“I don’t sleep much anymore,” he explains to the man in line behind him, an army-coated Croatian with a bandage on his ear through which fresh blood can be seen.  The next time the Croatian sleeps, he will not wake up.  An elderly Latino woman at the front of the line is buying fifteen lottery tickets, each one with a different set of numbers based on an arcane calculus derived from the ages of all of her grandchildren.

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