Disclaimer: I do not own, nor stake any claim, to any of the original characters shamelessly borrowed from Newsies – they are the property of Disney, © 1992. Any other character, when noted, is the property of this author.

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Sin City

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Before Las Vegas, there was New York City...
One day in the life of five newsboys in 1899 Manhattan.

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And everything seemed to be going so well…

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Have you ever heard of Sin City before? Sin City, of course,being the nickname of any urban area (a city or a part of a city) that caters to various vices: drinking, gambling, prostitution and the like, where the vice is legal or, at best, tolerated. If you have, you might think that Las Vegas is the Sin City. But Vegas did not come about until the 20th century…

Long before Las Vegas, there was New York City. And to the poor orphans and ragged runaways who made the streets of Manhattan their home at the end of the 19th century, those street rats lived, breathed and existed in the squalor that epitomized the very essence of a Sin City.

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The night of August 15, 1899 begins as most Manhattan nights do: dark and unassuming, quiet and uneventful. But this night, this one night, will prove to be anything but quiet or uneventful or even unassuming for the five boys in this story. It is dark though – and it is in this darkness that secrets are kept and promises are broken. The dark of night is the time for sin to flourish and on this night, flourish it does.

It is on this night that each of these five boys, newsboys by trade and toil, will be forced to come face to face with each of their own shortcomings, to battle their own innermost demons, to survive their flaws, if they could, and correct their mistakes before it is too late. But it will be too late. For all of them. Unfortunately.

As the sun sets over the dismal and busy city, night settles in, and virtue fades until the morning, not a one of these boys suspects what will befall each of them by the time the next twenty-four hours has passed: one will be heartbroken, one will be alone, one will betray, one will be betrayed and one, well, one will be dead.

Sin does not come without a cost. It is just a matter of time before their vices and their faults and their poor choices catch up with them; it is just a matter of time before they are compelled to pay the price for their indiscretions.

And everything had seemed to be going so well, too…