ans"erin# ma$hine% o Caller D% Should he ans"er it, .e shru##ed% *hy not,=.ello%>=Are you $omin# over or "hat,> Musi$ pounded in the ba$k#round! the <resh Prin$e/s =Summertime%> .e re$o#ni'ed the voi$e ri#ht a"ay% Dennis 3an$e%=?m! sure% *hat time,> =o" "ould be #ood% Don/t &or#et the money% have the ti$kets%> Dennis hun# up%Ti$kets, The memory slammed into his mind%
The Red River Rivalry.
The only ti$kets he ever bou#ht &rom Dennis "ere &or hard-to-#et ti$kets! espe$ially &or the 6klahoma Sooners vs% Te)as @on#horns &ootball #ame at the Te)as State <air% .is hand ti#htened around the phone%
No! It couldn’t be.
.e s"allo"ed! and his #a'e darted around the room &or anythin# that "ould tell him the date% ohn dropped the re$eiver onto the dresser% .is tremblin# &in#ers #rabbed the
! the $olle#e ne"spaper! o&& the kit$hen $ounter% A $o$kroa$h s$urried a"ay% ohn/s heart pounded out o& his $hest as he &o$used on the date%
October 9, 1992.
The day im disappeared%The "orst day o& his li&e! and he "as livin# it a#ain%.e $len$hed his &ist and slammed it into the re&ri#erator% The applian$e shook! and a &ramed pi$ture o& his parents and youn#er siblin#s &ell &rom the "all onto the vinyl kit$hen &loor% The #lass shattered% ohn shook the pain out o& his hand% ou didn/t &eel