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Clemmons' gray eyes seemed to focus on something out on the grounds. "Some people might say you're brave. If you can spare the time next month on the seventeenth, I think you might be our man. " He kept looking out to the woods as though something was bothering him there. Billy walked up next to him and followed his gaze. "It's dying," Billy said after a minute. "Such a big tree. So symmetrical and heavy of limb. " "It's not lightning. It's not disease. No one knows what went wrong with it. Black Raoul says a tree is just like a man.

No," the principal said. "She seems a bit bored lately. " "No, Mr. Willit. " He drove home to Tilda feeling satisfied. But that night he woke up on his coil-suspension mattress next to his delicately snoring wife. He lay on his back and folded his hands behind his head, staring at the sheetrock ceiling in the glow filtering in through the curtains from the streetlight. He thought how sheetrock was a thin covering of the bones of the house, the ugly studs, pipes and wires. It was like Evelyn Wright's face, giving no hint of what was underneath.

Nobody could outsnap Billy Blow-Up. The cowboy peeled off his glasses and showed a pair of surprised ordinary eyes. He looked like any of the local young farmers, almost normal. "Just write your number on that pad," Billy said. " "Sure will," he answered, standing up and sidling toward the door, all his power stripped with his sunglasses. He wrote on the pad as he moved. " he asked as an afterthought. " "Yes. A suit. " The cowboy thought for a while and handed back the pad. " Billy let out a long sigh.

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