By Dana Reinhardt
Levi's older brother Boaz returns from scuffling with with the Marines within the heart East. he is secure. Levi's kinfolk has waited 3 lengthy years for this. yet Boaz is not any longer the brother Levi inspiration he knew. no matter if no one else desires to see it, Levi can inform that Boaz has replaced; something's improper. whilst Boaz broadcasts he is off to hike the Appalachian path, Levi is familiar with he is mendacity. he is heading elsewhere. So Levi follows, made up our minds to appreciate who his brother was once, what he is been via, and the way to deliver him domestic again.
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It’s kind of a bitch, but what can you do? Anyway, Eddie’s an okay guy. He’s smart. And perpetually good-natured, which I figure we’d all be if we smoked as much dope as Eddie. He’s all student activisty. You know the type: bumper stickers on his car, buttons on his jacket and political slogans on his worn-out T-shirts. He spearheaded the antiwar rally held on a Saturday afternoon last fall that drew more students than when the varsity soccer team played the finals. ” He wheels around. We were just about to pass each other without saying a word, which we do every day.
There was nothing about the evening that would have signaled to anybody that this night would become that night. Boaz had been accepted to Cornell, Columbia, Tufts and Berkeley. Everyone was awaiting his decision, Mom with a sort of giddy anticipation that meant she pestered him constantly. ” she asked for the hundredth time. ” He put down his fork. Pushed back his chair just a little. “I’m joining the Marines. ” There was a silence. A pause during which we all considered whether this was some sort of joke.
And maybe get an ice cream. The North End, he said. You got it. And I went for my jacket. In the time it took me to grab it, the phone rang. It was a friend of his, I don’t remember who. He turned to me, and looked at the jacket in my hand, and said he was sorry but we’d have to go to the North End tomorrow. And we didn’t. So Zim is looking at me like I’m crazy. But he doesn’t see, because he can’t. Even if we share a birthday and even if he is one of my two best friends, he can’t know what it’s been like to be Boaz’s younger brother.