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news. “We have to.” “Can Granny Jack come with us?” “I wish she could, but that’s not possible.” “I ain’t going, then.” “Oh, Bobby Ray, it’ll be fun, and you’ll get to take a bus to school.” Ice cream dribbled onto his pants. She handed him a napkin. He gave her a brave smile outlined in ice cream. “I ain’t going.” “We have to.” “How come?” Bobby Ray eyed his sister. “Why’s Willie coming home?” “He’s done serving his time.” “You mean his punishment?” “Yes.” “Granny Jack says once I’m done with my punishment I’m good all over again. Ain’t Willie?” “That’s different.” “How come?” Bobby Ray twisted his lips. “Granny Jack gives me a big hug and a piece of pie. Don’t Willie like pie?” Back home Davida scrambled to make her 6-to-11 shift at the A&P. Renee was on an adjacent register. When the customers thinned out they started talking. “At least you got a


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