The Hidden Agenda of Truth

The next morning Val visits Jackson and discovers he is a heroin addict. Jackson is a wreck, he has spilled his last dose of heroin and is begging to go into withdrawal. Jackson asks Val for a favor, to help him score. Thinking of it as an adventure Val enthusiastic agrees.

Val and Jackson go out to Alphabet City and track down a teenage dealer. Short of cash, Jackson shortchanges the dealer. Thinking they have gotten away the dealer chases after them, he catches Jackson and begins roughing him up. Thunderstruck, Val stands and watches until Jackson yells out to him to help. Val hits him in the head knocking him off balance and freeing Jackson. But instead of fleeing, Val stays and beats the boy, taking out his frustrations.

On the way home Jackson asks Val why he went along and why he helped him out like that. Val tells him, “you needed my help, and I had nothing else to do.”

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