A few of the younger regulars had a whiff of desperation about them, as though this was their few hours break from a grim life of petty crime and graft. I pictured them wandering away as the sun set, peering furtively in the windows of parked cars for potential bounty before arriving home and opening a can of something for dinner then kicking back to plot strategic revenge over the old masters who had wiped the floor with them earlier that day.

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