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"He doesn't look like anybody," Ph yll is said .

And they
ed even closer. Nobody Said Anything
"Jkr w! /kn ow!" Carol sa id . " He looks like Dndrly!" Then
they looke ·loser at the baby.
" But who c ·s Daddy loolt like?" Phyllis asked .
"Who d ocs Da loolllike?" Alice repeated, and they all at
o nce looked thro ug h o the kitchen where !:he father was sit-
I COULD hear them o ut in the kitch<.:n . I cou ldn 't hear what
they were saying, but they were arg uing. Then it got quiet
and she started to cry. I elbo wed Georgt.:. I thought he would
ting at the table with his ack to the wake up and something to them so they would feel g uil ty
"Why, nobody! " Phyllis ·d a egan to cry a little. and stop . But George is such an assho le. He started kicking
"Hush," the g randmo ther id and looked away and then and hollerin g.
back at the baby. "Stop gouging me, you bastard," he said. " I'm going to
"Daddy look e anyboi'J!" Alice said . tell! "
" Bur he has to loc like somebody," Phyllis said , wiping her "You dumb chi ckenshit," 1 said. "Can 't you wise up for o nce?
eyes with one o f 1e ribbo ns. And all of them except the T hey're fightin g and Mom's crying. Listen ."
grandmo ther I< cd at the fa ther, sitting at the table. Ht.: listened with his head ofT the pil low. " I don't care," he
He had t ·ned around in his chair and his face was white said and turned over towa rd the wall and wem back to sleep.
George is a royal asshole .
' Later I heard Dad lca\re to catch his bus. He slammed the
front door. She had told me before he wanred to tear up the
f:1 mily. I didn't want to li sten.
After a while she came to call us fc>r school. Her voice
funny- l don't know. I said I felt sick at my stomach.
It the first wet.:k in October and I hadn't missed any school
yet, so what could she say? She looked at me, but it was like
she wa-; thinking of else. George was awake and lis-
tening. 1 cou ld tell he was awake by the way he moved in the
bed. I Ie was wa itin g to sec how it turned o ut so he could
make his move.
"All right." She shook her head . " I just d o n' t know. Stay
home, then. But no TV, remember that."
George reared up . " I ' m sick too," he said to her. " I have a
headache. lie gouged me and kicked me all ni g ht . I did n' t get
to sleep at all."
"That's enough!" she said. "You arc going to school, George!
You're nor goi ng to sray here and fight with your brother all
day. Now get up and get dressed. I mean it. I don't fed li ke
another battle this morning."
George waited until she left the room. T hen he climbed o ut
over the f(>ot ofthc bed. "You bastard," ht.: said and ya nked all
the cove rs ofT me. He dodged into the bathroom.

:d under the bed.lble l had the Edgar Rice Burroughs books I had gotten for woman. l put them in the cup. 1 don't there. Then l thought I would get dressed and walk She stood in the doorway and turned the knob. Nothing anywhere. Do you hear? You take that medicine. She came out and g lanced at thc TV but d idn 't the Vaseline. I mean. for as long as I l got out my old clothes. You don't need to turn the burners had been used since last time. I looked was enough to give you a boner. "But if your SJ. And about fifteen minutes before George would turned the wund on loud and wem t()r the" eeds. . Shc poked at her hair in Jelly. I th<. Trout season was open for another week or so. 1 made a couple on the clothesl in<. PLEASE? NOBODY SAID ANYTlllNG 37 " I'll kill you. I to turn the burners on.. As I was going o ut the door. Mom. I wasn't after anything in particular unless it was rub - She flu shed the toilet. I studied the label and hoped it would reveal something. Shc wore the white but almost everybody had quit fishing. Before 1 left. I turned the picture on witho ut any. bers again and though I had looked all over l had never tound L couldn't wait any longer. time I had read it. only a five and a one.: came o ut. But just reading that fi·ont of the mirror and then went into thc kitchen. Goodbye." lots of times and smelled inside and looked to sec how much "Don't cook anything. I de- " Bye. I went through a tew drawers.<>mach is sick. She looked to Birch C reek. crackers." cided to leave a note. called it her outfit.: or getting washed out by hand at night or of tuna sandwic hes and some double -decker peanut-butter being ironed in the kitchen. and had a glass of milk with it. :n s. and the canteen to my belt. alii did was look to sec the jar was still gry. Everybody was just sit- blouse. I went m1t to the kitchen where she had left her knew it must have something to do with it. sometimes her uniform. what. bo.m. and the black skirt. it said o n the back. Then I turned to the other channel.\lld heat ofT whi le 1 watch<.: volume. So I wrote: "fee ling bcttcr and going to I waited umil she had started the car and had it warm. 1 look<. I put wool socks over m y regular could remember. sweeth<.wellcnt Aid in tiJe Nursery. not really expecting to think you should put anything on it. But it didn't. Pure Petroleum <. Sometimes she ting around now waiting for deer and pheasant to open. I filled my canteen and attached th e hunting knife She worked Wed nesdays through Sundays. But I d idn't feel like morning by this jealous brother-in law. or else .: chapter where Tars Tarkas fi1lls for a green t. A1-1 E. the wide black belt. it was always hang ing in the closet or hanging socks and took my time lacing up the boots. I had opened the jar mcant any more ro go to work without being "stirred up .1bo ut how you applied Pri11ccss ofMars. I said I wanted to study. I ate one of the sandwiches . you don't need find anything. I had the book open. that was all it said on the ti·ont label. the sa ndboxes. Once I found a jar of Vaseline at the back of a drawer. back at th<. looked in the jar in the closer where they kept the grocery sweetheart . money.: book when sh<. I lis. :md 1 hope your stomach feels bcttcr by tonigh t. Last night she 'd said she wou ldn't know what it and what went on in bed between them." would miss that. There's tuna fish in the icebox if you feci hun Pctroleurn Jelly. It was about the fifth reading. Then 1 got up and from now. started to get ready fo r work. R. Birch Creek. \tVhen she 1 didn't feel like watching. if she wanted to say something else. I asked if she would make a bed for me on the couch. WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET. Back soon. Anyway.i and "vent back to the couch and started readi ng The a description of what people did. l smoked one come in from school. I wanred her to leave so I cou ld watch TV. This t ime I passed up the Pttre on f(H· a thing. On the coffee I finished th<." That was about four hours tened as she pulled away fi·om the curb.:d a show about doctors and nurses. monkcybars- up the TV. only to sec her get her head c hopped off the next my birthday and m)' Social Studies book.: n I turned ofT the TV.111ything . that sort of thi ng. They i\ laybc we 'II all feel better by tonight." She looked at me. l stayed in bed until George left for school. Then I went to their bedroom a nd looked around. but l didn't know pack of weeds and shook out three .ay . Th<." I said but not so loud that she cou ld hear." She wasn't going to bring Nursery-the swings and slides. There was no change. ao. 1 tried to make the connection between "I'm late .:art.

I hurried down the embankment. What was wrong with me? I cut She was thin and had little pimples around her mouth. It was fall. "Where arc you going? Birch C reek?" years. I the smudging kept the young pears from free zing. PLEASE? NOBODY SA ID ANYT ll ING 39 couldn 't think of anything more to say. hitched the I drank up half the water in the canteen. I'm sorr y I'm in a View f()r a little way until you come to the bridge. I nodded. Are you rerrJ busy? Would you like to start this can sec the airport. She keeps her "Want a ride?" pants on too. unzipped . Sudden ly we "Playing hooky?" arc in my bedroom under the covers. and parked myself next to the fish.." I took my stuff out. You f()llow " Will this help you? I have to turn here." you hit Sixteentb Avenue. pulled onto the shoulder ahead of me. smoking. I looked at my cap. 38 WILL YOU PLEASE BE QU I ET. you wanted to say. That's all right. lunch together. "Goodbye. Maybe next summer. You always sec yourself getting I nig ht. We always started at the bridge . I there is a C hinese restaurant. You turn left on Sixteenth and go she said. What hair was up in curlers. teenth changes to View Road at the crossroads.we guessed. 1 tried tO think of something to say. 1 looked out the It was nice out. She pulled I tried to think where to start. You know you' ll fall for each other chards and you wou ld wake up in t he morning with a black and that she' ll take you home with her and let you screw her ring of stuff in you r nose. I'm a nervous person." landing. "You mean fishing? Sure thing. My uncle had boug ht it me in the car and wait for us. No one was home at my house. She asks me if she can "Guess so. From the crossroads there. Six. think about baseball." she said." I said . T his is fi ne. 1 took scat. window. She ro lled down the I started walking. named enough. I had fi shed here for three back onto the road . I began to get a boner thinking about it." She waved with a couple of 1 \Vas halfway down Sixteenth when a woman in a red car fingers the way women do." but 1 couldn' t finish. A Piper C ub dipped low over my head as it came in for a "Get in. It must have been a record. I say. could think of a lot of things. But nobody said anything. ller the air with the fly rod and hollered two or three times. picked up by this woman . There were running. you go to the end of our street where " I keep saying that o ne of these days I 'II take up fishing. To get to Birch Creek. I took off my cap. I'm kind ofin a hurry. you can 't hunt there because you m ight get shot by a Greek Thanks. But it wasn't cold yet except at wind ow and sucked my checks. She had a I shou ld have done to start things off was ask if we cou ld have brown swearer with nice boobs inside. There are hurr y this morning. At nig ht they wou ld lig ht the smudgepots in the or. Sometimes when you go "That's okay. tying for me in Seattle when he had gone to watch a hockey game. I was a few teet from the bridge. and shot a lot of grocery sacks from Mel's on the floorboard s and back off five feet over the creek. Then I was ready to canteen around so I could sit. Dad used to bring George and 1 nodded again . but my cap on and took it off again wh ile I talked . I window on the passenger's side and asked if 1 wanted a lift." keep her sweater o n and I say it's okay w it h me. Then I put by the orchards you sec pheasants running down the rows. We were stopped at the crossroads. baiting o ur hooks . going over what I shou ld have sa id . where 1 opened my eyes. mo'l'·ning? But I was afraid to look at her. I could hear the water I put the fly rod and the creel on the back scat. I don't mind. and Birch C reek is below the airport. 1 up new rigs for us if we snagged . ever since we had moved. But she was." She laughed. "They say it's very relaxing. They said all over the house. a whi le eating th e other sandwich and the peanut-butter crackers. orchards on both sides of the road. so it was all moved the cap over my lap and closed my eyes and tried to right.." up the hill past the cemetery and down to Len nox. I never would h. "Well. I guess it is about a forty-minute walk all in all. "I'm going fishing.

1 laid the fl y raised . and then [ g uessed it must be two time I was u p here I caugh t two fish about ten inches lo ng and or three o'clock. lie was a trout. I let the current take whi le. I crossed a shaking. Now the creek more of a fight. It was so swift then that I cou ldn 't fish. as she pulled down her pants and sat on t he toilet. When l threw a rod over a limb and lit the ne xt to last weed. I heard a plop in th e creek. I Ic \Vas fat. I stopped to look at some flowers g rowi ng in the tightened the line and lifted him over the bank into the g rass. Her husband was ove rseas. I knew there was a little ho le below the pipe. Bu t right away I got a the river before the wate r gets low. !looked over and saw l felt lo usy to have come this far up for nothing. Some quail flushed out of a brush pile. and the color had come off years ago. But he was green. en t kind of tapping t han when you arc gettin g a bi te. One place where the water was the end of the poo l. I Ie had green sides with black around the flowers. 1 had picked up the . lle was fished alo ng for a link way until I ca me to the ho le. I rigged it down. thro ug h this little run at the head of the pool where you could I pulled some g rass and put it in t he creel and laid him in hardly sec bottom. B\ut no thin g happened. I le turned on his side and lay in the current had a KEEP OUT sign o n the post. and like a g ree n sto mach. . Once in a water dropped ove r a shel f into the pool. We were going away and I almost dropped the rod . 1 could fee l the sinkers tap-tapping o n rocks. Then 1 put a fresh salmon egg o n and cast o ut where the back. H e looked we always cau g ht a few. H e wasn't very big and didn't fight much . We were french -kissi ng o n the couc h when she ex - pasture full of CO\>V pads and came to where the water flowed cused herself to go to t he bathroom. still and the bo ttom full of yellow leaves. a rooster pheasant jumped up cac kling about ten feet valley and began to think abo ut the woman. cracks in the pavement. The n the Now and then I cast under a bank o r else in behind a big line tightened and the current ca rried the egg into sight at rock. I hit the creek again on the other side and trout spots. PLEA SE? NOBODY SA ID ANYTH I NG 41 and moved d own . About a mo nth tee th. at the first of the season .+O WILL YOU PLEAS E DE QUIET. You could where the tires had where he stared wiggli ng. Just as 1 was enough to drop the line . boner t hinkin g about the boner l would get that ni g ht. a differ- up and tried a few casts under the bridge first. but I missed him . It was as if he had been this was as tar as I wou ld go. and got shallow again as if nothin g had happened. Dad bridge. l pulled out a few crawdads crawling there with their big ug ly pinchers all kind s of line this tim e and made another cast. I thought the color of moss. I got down on my knees when I was close boner and she waved me ove r with her hand. I had a bi g so I was careful. It had just touched th e water when 1 going to unz. I looked and saw got a strike . the water was roa ring rig ht up to the top of the all ove r him. a gree nish head. l smacked down on the pavement and left o ily skid marks all never saw one like him before. A little farther down. When I had first been up here three wrapped up in moss a long time. I wondered if he was all right. The last I made some more casts. the bottom slo ped up there o n t he grass. But 1 knew 1 had jinxed it. I watched out of a big pipe. It bubbled and ho pped for a time longer. But I pla yed him I went u p the embankment and climbed under a fence that as long as I could. I te lt him roll with it. 1 looked up the stick. I f(>llowed her. that color green. I put another sa lmo n egg on and tried a few more casts. Then l I put two more shot o n th e line and cl osed them with my tho ugh t I had bette r stop doing it so much . I looked at him was about six feet below the bank. I started here. I didn ' t know what he was. a Saturday when t hey were all gone. to her house because she wanted help ca rrying in the gro- The creek was slow and not very wide. I touc hed her and she started almost anywhere without it going over my boots. we caught the limit. I could walk across ceries. And I decided 1 would wait until ni g ht bct(>re the hig h water in earl y sprin g but that m ost o f them ret urn to I thought about t he woman again . was gone and the line flew back. One of the airport runways down below. Then he the tip of my fly rod jiggli ng.ip. I thought I would fish below the brid ge awhile before said when I told him about it. I thought I had better move down to the turned one that looked tw ice as big-a summer steelhead. He said they come up during I started home. and l wonde red why he hadn't put up banks. t hen I put him o ut of his pain.

Let's get going?" the boy screamed. he had buck teeth and skin ny arms But the fi sh spun aro und bdore it reached the riffle and :md this ragged lo ngslecved shirt that was too small f(. "You stand in the riffle." ''You didn ' t have anythi ng!" I was out of breath ." '>JW a bicycle in the g rass. He made it . hold of him and hang on." the boy said . Sudden ly the fi sh darted away "Hey. he's goin g! \Vhcrc's he 1 shrugged." l said. get him . "God . hey. l dropped my stuff. and l looked where hc pointed and my heart jumpcd. I'll go up and scare him down . sit. on him. T he veered off. were you d oin g with that club? You sho uld have kicked him . but the kid the bank. " l can go up and walk down the creek and start him "Goddamn it . "Did n 't you moving. again . and it t urned agai n . did you come fro m? " lie dragged up onto the bank sopping wet. The asshole idio t kid hun g over the water. l saw his pole and fishing bag on the bank. Then he turned and started toward me. What kid said. He knows it 's tough shi t. but I wondered about that myself. llc looked like " I lcre he comes!" I ho llered . When I got to the bridge. I shook m y fir111ing slowly in the clea r water. I splashed and ho llered. okay. We just may not "Okay. He knows we're here. l looked and saw a kid about " I wish I had my gun. then ? VVc ' ll work it together!" t he th e kid fe ll in . "That would take care George). head. "Well. The big fi sh had drifted a few feet downstream and lay there lie's probably a mile away by now. It was resting in a shadow under a limb that throu g h the shallow water. " I lu rry! Look! Look here! H e re he is!" But the dumb idi o t had himself a club. We haven't got him ye t. ""atched ahead o f me as 1 went . 1 watchcd the fish move up the creek again and stop close to We waded downstream. PLEASE? NOBODY SA ID ANYTHING 43 Bible rig ht after and promised and swore 1 wou ldn't do it H e's just cruisi ng around now looki ng for someplace to go. But I got jism o n the Bible. I swear there's the bi ggest fish hc rc I ever saw!" he "He's comi ng! G et him . what do we do?" the k. looking in the I went up a little way. swearing lasted o nly a day o r two ." I said to the fish. "I think he's hurt. when the fi sh hit the riffle. "God. Yo u get him when he comes 1 didn ' t fish on the way down. he stopped again .)l' him. Oh shit. get him ! l Ierc he comes!" called . shooting on his side 1 kept looking. I mean." I said . you kick the livin g shit ou t of him. too . " Okay. I water. o h wi ll you look at him! " the boy sa id. instead of trying to kick the sonofabitch o ut like he should "God . I hit him! " the boy screamed. here he comes!" a rat or something. l had water in my boots. " I don't know. I ran over to where he was." the boy said. have." get him into the riffle. what is it!" I hollered. 1 had my hand!'. I thought it was both ours. the boy drove at him with the club It was as lo ng as my arm . Then get a good down his trousers over his shoes. No goof-ups." boy hollered . I was glad "You want tO help me. "You didn' t even come close. "where lunged f()r him and fell flat . and ban·cl-assed downstream ." I tried to spit. of him . " H said. " vVhat 's wrong?" T g uessed he from the bank. to keep hi s teeth fi·om chattering. How close did come through. look at him! Let's but I cou ldn't ho ld him . going crazy. Ile knows we' re going to nail him .+2 WIL L YOU P LE A SE BE QUIET. " I hit him !" the "What ' ll we do?" the boy sai d . He knows that. look at him ! Look. Sec him ? He 's scared shitlcss. T here 's no place for him was wet up to his collar." I said. whose fish is it? " He looked at me . and when he tries to sec? I hit him. and the promising and Sec. Get him you get? Besides. I through . him this time .'' l didn't say anything else. asshole. I don't care how. He closed his buck teeth over his lip to go. H e can't go anyplace. either o ne of us." l said. and I had my hands on him too. turned right in front of me in a big cloudy didn ' t hear me . "God almighty. the assho le. " We're going to get him. headed back. Water ran onto the bank someway. " IIe's no t goin g anyplace. . then started wad ing down the creek. " I 1 had my gun. until! was by myself agai n . tion.e running down the bank. and swirl . I started in his direc.

and took off again. by God! Ain't he something! Look at him! Oh God. The boy looked. m. too skinny for how might have taken off already. I scooped him with my hands and arms. now. We were wet and shivering. l pulled back on the head as hard as I could." the kid said but didn't say any more \vhcn he saw mean? You wait here until I give you a sign:tl. down to that little run bctwcen those banks..111k. gave a long slow tremble and was still. Then we the cold wJter. I moving down the creek now." I said." the kid said." the boy said and worked his lip with those teeth. We'll put it through his mouth and both "Here he comes!" The kid waved his arms." I said." the kid said. "Rcady!" I hollered again. His sides were scarred. He tried to turn when he saw The kid found a stick. We put it through the gills and me. but bigger than anything I had ever caught. WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET." the boy said. rocks ahead of him. throwing him out of the water. A little downstream and it long he was. 1 Le was still flopping The fish wasn't in the run below the riffle. twisting. 1'm fi·cezing. him flopping and "What arc we going to do with him?" the kid said. Hc went through another the throat. l LOok and pointed finger." ." l said. cithcr. and felt the heavy crunching. !thought it and been in fights. The kid waved.+4. him.o. "l better My hands shook. "We got began lO worry that the fish really had gone far enough down. I slid off the bank and waded in again. onto the b. sides . The creek was about thrce feet wick and get home. Okay now. sec him in the next stretch. We looked at him. and we couldn't and hard to hold. We pried open his big mough and felt his rows of teeth. both of us falling swung on the stick. solid like it should have been. "Right tiJa·c. The water was low bur fast. I held him against my shirt. He over ncar the bank and stop. grasping in pushed until the fish was in the middle of the stick. Okay? And this time don't let him get by you if he fish back on the bank. [held my breath. 1 looked at the "I Icre goes!" the kid hollered back. We looked at each other and "We got him!" the boy hollered as he splashed up. in his face. "Let's get a stick. I knew 1 had him. PLEASE? N 0 B 0 D Y SA r D AN YT H IN G 45 locked around his jaw. He was at least two feet long. l ran one hand in and clawed through to his mouth and "We both did. throwing want to carry him . But I thought he was something. Besides. See where I "I ley. There were nicks out ofbis head around his eyes quiet. I saw the fish carry him. kept touching "Let's get him this time . queerly "Do you sec him?" I said. it was coming right at me. whitish welts as big as quarters and l got up on the bank and walkcd down. The kid was "I guess . Me too. up. and we looked at him. heads b:tck. I laid him on the bank finning just enough to hold against the current. I saw him first. up. thing rolled near the bank. splashing and shouting. but I had him and I wasn't going to let go." ran between dirt banks. listen. his tail half out of the water.1king sure I moved kind ofpuff)r. actually knocking dirt into the water "We got to kill hin1 first. trying riffle. I saw him cruise to watch out for the teeth. water up to his knees. but it was too late. But I couldn't and on his snout where I guess he had banged into the rocks sec the great big sonofabitch and my heart turned." 1 said. gills. "!Icy. But he was so skinny. a terrible look of cold him. until 1 could get m)' hands up his slippery sides to his " I don't know." the boy hollered. We would never get him then. each took an end and started back. "I guess I'd bcttcr go pretty soon. clouds over the hills where the sun was going down." 1 said. and his belly was gray and slack instead of white and "f le still there?" I hollered. I'll go hold of his jaw again. [went down on my knees." the kid said. But then the goddamn me hold him. I washed off the blood and laid the down. hi0ig tail sticking out of the water. let stream to reach one of the deep holes. and you could hard ly sec the pink stripe down his would get to one of the holes. I ran my other hand down with his tail. watching the fish as he raising him. Then you start what [ was going to do. "Yeah. "I guess I caught him. n "I want to show him to my dad so bad . I took his arm skinny.

It's the o nl y green one I ever - We got to where \\'e had left o ur things and picked up o ur stuff with o ne hand . We could take turns pumping. A." the kid said." runway as I measured a line. "They're both tbe same ." I looked at that boy. " [tight here?" I said . "Why?" going to usc that knife?" "Where's that? Is that down by the ball park?" I said. But neither of them take that o ne . what?" 1 felt with my free hand . his lips gray. half." I said." he sa id . "Sec? It's a green o ne. "You got o ne?" l said. The boy shook his head. yo u want lO flip for him or " 1 don 't want the tail . but I didn ' t have any money. It 's okay with me." " I want it. T he plane roared down the runway and lifted up water and opened his mouth." he said . He stud ied the halves of the fish. 1 was cold all the way throu gh . handlebars. I came mo uth and out the other end of what was left of him . them dead first. They I'm going to get mad in a minute. the other guy gets the green trout and the tail part. his hair standing up . my hands and I tore him in two. shiverin g hard. I held his big head under nodded . to his g uts and turned him over and stripped everything out." do kids know? You ' II sec. 1 took tht: halves and worked them in I saw George riding his bicycle at the other end of the street. I heard t heir voices and looked thro ugh the window. " I'll sec nothing. l s that fair?" The kid looked at the green trout and took it o ut of the good hold on the stick in case the kid tried something. I'd rather see "Whose knife did we use?" I said." I said . I could feel him tighten his hold on the stick. I sa id . "What this half here. but why." he sa id. the kid said. " If they're both the same. cn. "They're both the same! Now goddamn. Which " Hal f him. If I thought that. right ?" paid any attentio n . "But I think I ' m keeping "What I'm tellin g you is the gospel truth . the trout. "O kay. The kid was 1 sa id . " I guess so. " I don't care. 1 got a knife. We cut him in two and each take way do you live?" l said." He put the green trout and his lie pulled at a piece of his hair and looked at the fish." were sitting at the table. " I'm goin g to wash him off. "l want that half. You take that half. I' ll it was coming from a pan o n the burner. I saw " 1 do n' t care. boots. [ got a saw." the kid said . There were no cars on the road and no- And what would 1 have done if I had lost? body else fishing. I did the cuttin g. They're both the same. his teeth chattering got more meat on mine. PLI:. shaking his head.:e l and held it. plane taxied down the But the kid only said . "No. I could have taken him if it "L got an idea." I said . He didn't sec me. kept cutting until there was only a flap of skin o n his belly holding him together. " \Vc could halfhim." That kid looked scared ." again. let's not flip . "You half of the fish into a dirty canvas bag. But [didn 't want to fight. but I guess we could do that." t he kid said . I said . and the sun Anyway. neither o f us letting go o f his end of the stick." kid's bicycle. if it didn't get wet on me. grinning . 1 looked around. I guess so." She said. wai tin g. watch it. Then I had an idea." the boy said . 1 opened the creel and showed him ca me to that. Smoke was all over the kitchen. I unslung the creel so I cou ld raise the lid and get set to "No. I don't know. I "What do you mean?" the boy said . "Yeah . There was an airplane droning. I " I'm freezing. "I'm freezing." . "I live close to t here. "Well ." was going d own. "All ri ghl." "Down on Arthur Avenue. " march into t he ho use. "So I guess 1 could ride on the "Okay. I took ou t the knife. Then we walked up to where his bicycle was." 1 said. I started cu tting down into him. So whoever takes the head. The stream po ured into his right over our heads. "l saw him first." I said .A SE? NOBOD Y SA ID ANYTli!NG 4-7 "That's true." [ said . I we nt around to the back to take off my I handed the kid the tail part.4-6 WILL YOU PLEASE B E QU I ET." I said. The kid I washed my half in the creek. I got a weed we I pulled the stick ou t and laid t he fish in the grass beside the could smoke.

"What's the matter with you? You better be careful what you say!" Sixty Acres She started to cry. shook. The o e window glass had been knocked out year) before. He just didn't want trouble . phone call . slightly as the cold air from outside came in around the The walls were crowded with o ld yokes and harnesses. almost dark. lf it ad not been for the Take it out of here!" be screamed. I went back outside. fhat was usually the way. "Did n 't you hear what she said? with a thin face and lon black hair. He\'.rk down ff the ro< Q in the t rees and hurry green one?" through the knee-deep ba ey and wild bats." at a string of meat be een his teeth. I looked into the creel. he told hi 1sclf. Look at this. ee Waite won't beli eve what I caught at Birch Creek. that. I said. oh. they wou ld He said . pa. It there ne t to the cabi net." frowned and took his time ullin g i1 o his coat. it wasn't creel. that here. down below the bridge o n the Cowiche Roa . mall and built on just before the war. if they were "A green one. I held that half of him .. maybe no but always doing a He screamed. Look what it is. place off t · Cowiche Road. I couJJ hardly stand. "Ed na. too.. mayb three times. HE call had come an hour ago. The hunters from Toppen ish c · Y <ima cou ld drive the reser- Look! Isn't he something? It's a mooster! I chased him up and vation roads like anyone else.: matter with you? Take it the hell out of the Joseph Eagle sat cri pled in his house a1 watched them kitchen and throw it in the god damn garbage!" plenty of times. My leg:-. he would h ve slept awh· e this afternoon . "Take that goddamn th ing out of here! What lot of shooting in th little time before they cleared out. Joseph Eagl was doneT" He took a dish cloth and began to wipe up stuff from an old In ·an who lived on his government allotment i a little the pan. "But look. "I don't want to look. She pushed her chair back and Two men were shooting on Lee Waite's part of Top- grabbcd the pan by its handle and threw it against the wall pem h Creek. He wasn't af1:iid. her. He smashed out a cigaret in the ashtray and stood up. and up . What was ther<. He I said. But I hunt." I hurried on.48 WILL YOU PLEASE ll E QUIET. in the hell is th<. I held him. But they would cruise by 1a untenanted and irresistible cou ld not stop. . I starred grinning. then. when they were eating. and she finally looked in. Look wished the o l ndian wou ld let him be about th land.: He cleaned his eeth with his tongue and sq. matted-thick and frozen. down to the creek He looked in to the creel and his mouth fell open. Look what I caught. Or he told Lee Waite. Dad.d nai led a beet sack over the opening. I swear! It was green! Have you ever seen a feeling reckless. with a radio he lisrene to day I opened the back door. It was the third or fourth time this wi nter someone had b en Hc said. please take it out before I throw up. I said. I held the creel out to besides call." be gone anyway when he go there." Joseph Eagle wo ld do something else about it f he wanted. two. sixty acres of his. I lifted him out. "There was anothe r one. do you know this pan is burning up?" he said. my God! What is it? A Out on the porch Lee Waite leaned on o e leg and picked snake! What is it? Please. 1' LEASE? He said . What was there fil led the late-afternoon w·nter half-light. Just look. and Waite a. "It's a gigantic summer steelh ead from Birch Creek. "Oh. over the sink. She looked at the pan. 1ey just vveren't allowed to down the creek like a madman!" My voice was crazy.maybe getting some cks.uinted in the looked silver under the porch light. "You and night a1 a telephone in case he got sick. sa small thi n man "Take it out!" he screamed. The porch. "Have you lost your mind? Look what you've in ther Joseph Eagle reminded Lee Waite.

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