identify with either. Coach Cox turned to Owen, extended a hand. The Harpooners made only one error, by far their fewest of the trip. Thoughtless being is attained by everyone, the return to thoughtless being by a very few. Henry stopped stirring and lifted the cup to his lips. Whats the bunt sign?
As the earth cooled, Henrys senses expanded to take in what they normally missed: the scutter of roaches and geckos over the tile, the flit of moths against the blue security lights, a whiff of distant water on the breeze. I want to meet them quite badly. The coach hit another, a bit harder: same easy grace, same gunshot report. He had no hope of playing in college. There was one painting in particular that Henry liked, and he was glad that Owen had happened to hang it over his bedit was a large rectangle, smeary and green, with thin white streaks that could easily have marked the foul lines of a baseball. He talked about sacrifice, passion, desire, attention to detail, the need to strive like a champion every day. As his dad stood up to carry his plate to the sink, he clapped Henry on the shoulder and smiled broadly. The most inconsequential decisions, like whether to eat dinner at Cracker Barrel or Ye Olde Buffet, took hours. Henry repeated it to himself, so that he could look it up later. My only concern Yeay! He should have skipped the tournamentvarsity football practice at Westish, an infinitely more important endeavor, started tomorrow at dawn, suicide sprints in shorts and pads. After that, he continued to talk to Schwartz on the phone every night, making plans, working out detailsbut now he did so openly, in the family room, and his dad hovered nearby, the TV on mute, cigarette going, eavesdropping and shouting out comments.