Shorty ♥s Mookie


It was an epic neighborhood love affair.

He lived east of Clark, she was west of Ridge—far more than the three-block walk that separates “chilled to the bone” from “call an ambulance, he’s gonna lose some toes!” during Chicago’s harsh winters.

Frigid winds off of Lake Michigan and the too-long wait for the ‘L’ or a bus have squashed the greatest romances of braver souls, but these star-crossed lovers held onto their passion through a long Chi-town chill. Somehow, Mookie and Shorty made it work.

As a testament to their eternal love, Shorty wrote their names in wet cement that spring.

Two weeks later, Mookie left him for his best friend Tiny.

(Somewhere in Rogers Park, Chicago.)

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