Tunes for Bears to Dance To

By Robert Cormier

Money's tight and Henry is fortunate to have the task at Mr. Hairston's supermarket. His mom and dad are either misplaced in depression following the dying of Henry's older brother, and Henry is joyful for the chance to believe like he's aiding. Saving to shop for a marker for Eddie's grave, Henry attempts to disregard Mr. Hairston's statement in regards to the customers.

But Henry is surprised while he's advised he's being laid off. that's, except he is of the same opinion to do something, one bad factor.

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Henry detected eagerness within the grocer’s voice, anything he had by no means heard earlier than. He used to be uncomfortable as Mr. Hairston waited for his response, his eyes fixed upon him. This used to be a Mr. Hairston he had by no means encountered earlier than. “It’s beautiful,” Henry acknowledged, the observe insufficient. “But how a lot will this fee? ” Mr. Hairston shrugged and opened the ledger turned busy with it back, learning the entries as though he was once searching for a mistake he hadmade. He mumbled whatever that Henry didn't trap. “I don’t imagine lets find the money for a monument like this,” Henry stated reluctantly, putting the comic strip at the counter. Mr. Hairston regarded up, coughed and cleared his throat, and stated, “Maybe we will be able to paintings whatever out. …” Henry have been approximately to show away whilst Mr. Hairston’s reaction struck him like a lightning bolt. Struck used to be precisely the be aware. there has been no thunder and no hurricane, basically perhaps we will paintings anything out. Then, concerning Henry with that very same delicate expression the boy couldn't establish, Mr. Hairston acknowledged, “We’ll see. ” Magic phrases, we’ll see. What his father and mother acknowledged once they didn't wish to claim sure instantaneously. We’ll see, which means no longer no. no longer sure, both, in fact, yet within the kingdom of might be and maybe, the place every thing used to be attainable. We’ll see, phrases of desire a breath clear of sure. Henry controlled to stay nonetheless, rooted to the spot, resisting the urge to shout or dance. He used to be approximately to invite Mr. Hairston if he may well convey the cartoon to his mom whilst the grocery store stated, “All correct, off with you. ” Reverting to his ordinary gruffness. “My supper’s getting chilly upstairs. She’s a negative prepare dinner, my spouse, however the nutrients doesn’t style too undesirable if it’s scorching at the very least …” at the method domestic Henry made up our minds let alone the caricature to his mom, no longer till we’ll see turned certain, in order to not disappoint her if it didn’t. At domestic he came upon his mom sitting within the parlor, in her top blue gown, white excessive heels on her toes and a white straw hat on her head. His father was once additionally dressed up, in his grey Sunday swimsuit, a pink tie flowing like blood on his white blouse. This used to be now not Sunday yet Thursday, and Henry felt as if the earth had all of sudden spun out of orbit. “Are we going somewhere? ” he requested, fearful, simply because his mother’s lips have been set in a grim line, her lipstick harsh opposed to her light epidermis. “Your father goes to the hospital,” she acknowledged. To the loopy condominium? he desired to ask, remembering Jackie Antonelli’s name callings. yet as an alternative requested, “Will they make him higher there? ” “I desire so” she acknowledged. “Please don’t be disenchanted, Henry. It’s the easiest factor to him. ” “What form of clinic? ” Henry stated, reducing his voice, but understanding his father may pay attention him simply because he used to be sitting on the desk just a couple of toes away. yet he needed to be aware of. “Not like subsequent door,” she acknowledged, sensing his worry. “A typical health center, yet they've got a bit for individuals like your father who desire unique support. ” “It should be okay, Henry,” his father stated. “Listen in your mom. ” “What you need to bear in mind, Henry, is what I informed you,” his mom went on.

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