This except from Take Two And Pass is an exchange between Tokus Stone, a young man struggling to make a name for himself, and Way Jalon, an influential man with the power and hidden, evil intent. Tokus has just completed his job interview when Way Jalon decided to test Tokus' to see how he would handle adversity.
"Tell me something, Tokus," Way Jalon said. "When I find something fascinating, I have to ask questions and this is something only you can answer. Enlighten me. Exactly how does it feel to be a Black man in America?"
A moment passed between the two men before Tokus spoke.
"Mr. Jalon," Tokus replied. "I would best describe being a Black man in America as being an apple hanging on a tree. It's a big orchard, so basically it's just a matter of hanging out with all the other apples, waiting for the man to come and pluck you. When that doesn't happen, if that doesn't happen, you're forced to just hold on, and you're hanging there until you rot off. If you drop... it's like splat! and you're apple cider. The tragedy occurs to you right before the inevitable splat!. It comes to you in a flash. This had to happen."
"Well that's a pretty dire existence," Way responded.
Tokus chuckled. "No. Mr. Jalon. What's dire is the idea that someone could explain their existence in a few sentences or a few minutes. Explain their life and ideals and their sense of right and wrong in five minutes or less. Me? I'm strictly new generation, Mr. Jalon. Bred on mind power and strength of heart- I don't just hold on. And tragedy? Tragedy is a story told by the victorious." Tokus paused to fix Way Jalon in his stare.
"I'm sure that you could tell your share of tragedies, Mr. Jalon. And I'm also sure that you have no shortage of apple cider."