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Boy has brown eyes, brown hair, and a two-piece green-white pencil box with a hinge on one end. If you hold the outer bit at the hinge end, you can swing the inner bit out all the way. You could never lose just one bit and have to explain why. It’s cool.
Boy has a brown voice too, but with golden spangles that pop up at random. You don’t see them coming, and suddenly they’re there. My brother says it sounds like the lab test for lead. Plumbum.
Boy catches flies. Mosquitoes. Bugs. Spiders. A grasshopper one time.
Boy takes out his pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, 6” ruler — lays them out on the desk. Tears out a sheet of notepaper, folds it in half lengthwise, and then once again. Places it inside the pencil box, tucks the edges. Places the day’s catch inside. Swings the lid closed.
In his plumbous (valency two), sometimes plumbic (valency four), voice, Boy offers it to me: innu njaan naale nee. My turn today, and tomorrow, yours. I see this written on the sides of hearses sometimes.
I give Boy my antelope tooth, but that is another story.