cheaper liquor

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New York, 1922, the tempo of the city had changed sharply. Stocks reached record peaks, and Wall Street booms a steady golden roar. The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired, making the liquor cheaper. Wall Street was luring the young and ambitious, and I was one of them.

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“The parties were bigger. The pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper.“

Passing Notes in Secrecy

This wasn’t requested, but once I saw the prompt and knew what to do with it, I couldn’t let it go. Also, the title makes a lot more sense if you listen to this song. Yes, I listen to Taylor Swift. No I don’t feel bad about it. Here’s my Raul appreciation piece, @yourtropegirl

You sipped your drink as the DA regaled the group with the story of his first victory. Again. You liked the guy enough, but since he was your boss, you’d heard the story at least 10 times before, and usually at parties like this one.

Although you attended these galas with some frequency, as it came with the territory of your job, you still had yet to find a way to break the monotony of it all. You arrived, schmoozed a little, drank a little more, ate some rubber chicken and wilted salad, and schmoozed a little more before racing home to take off the death traps some people called shoes and collapse into your bed.

Tonight didn’t seem like it was going to be any different. That’s when you noticed the gentleman across the room who looked just as bored as you were.

Because his ear was being bent by the police commissioner, and his proximity to a couple of individuals you recognized as members of the SVU squad, you guessed that he must be Rafael Barba. You’d heard about him, the man who’d been choked with a belt in open court, gotten a conviction by “accidentally” letting a perp see crime scene photos, and had inadvertently sent an ACS employee into a mental breakdown on the stand. With all of the excitement that followed him in court, it was no wonder that he was bored by the stifled conversation and bland food here.

Your train of thought came to a screeching halt when he approached you.

“Didn’t your mother ever tell you that it’s rude to stare?” he quipped.

“From what I’ve heard about your exploits, it was only a matter of time before we got some real entertainment, I was just waiting for the show to start” you commented.

He let out a hearty chuckle, the first genuine one you’d heard all evening.

“Would you to take this conversation somewhere where the liquor is cheaper and the food has flavor?” you blurted, eyes widening with shock at your own bold question.

“That is incredibly tempting” he responded. “I actually happen to know a great place down the street that makes an amazing pizza, wood-fired oven and all. Let me say goodbye to my colleagues and we can head out.”

He rejoined you a few moments later. Linking your arm through his, the two of you left, not that anyone noticed you were gone. Maybe these rubber chicken dinners weren’t so bad after all.

The restlessness…approached hysteria. The parties were bigger…The pace was faster…the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper…
— 

F. Scott Fitzgerald describing New York, upon his return from Europe in 1926.

(From: Scott Fitzgerald, by Andrew Turnbull)

Great Gatsby Michael Imagine

Synopsis: Michael takes the role of Great Gatsby [minus the death] 

THIS IS MY TAKE ON IT SO IT’S NOT COMPLETELY THE SAME!

Word Count: 1,898


The Roaring 20s was a great time to be alive.

The restlessness approached hysteria.

The parties were bigger.

The pace was faster.

The shows were broader.

The buildings were higher.

The morals were looser,

And the liquor was cheaper.

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movie: the great gatsby
cast: leonardo dicaprio, carey mulligan, tobey maguire

Stocks reached record peaks, and Wall Street boomed a steady golden roar. The parties were bigger, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired. Making the liquor cheaper. Wall Street was luring the young and ambitious, and I was one of them.

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The tempo of the city had changed sharply.

The buildings were higher.

The parties were bigger.

The morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper.

          Nick Carraway

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In the summer of 1922, the tempo of the city approached hysteria.
Stocks reached record peaks and Wall Street boomed in a steady golden roar.

The parties were bigger.The shows were broader.The buildings were higher.

The morals were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired, making the liquor cheaper than ever. 

One man captivated my imagination during that summer in New York, casting a dream-like glamour wherever he went.  No one knew where he came from, or what he did, and we could never suspect what he was after.