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I unhook my coat and drop it on the bench till I put my cap on. Then I put my coat on, and I get my book and leave. indd 47 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s run and catch up with them. Time I get there, I hear Billy Joe Martin and them coming up behind us. “Look at that baby,” Billy Joe Martin says. “Piss on himself,” Ju-Ju says. “Y’all leave him alone,” Bill says. “Baby, baby, piss on himself,” Billy Joe Martin sings. ” Bill says. “Piss on himself,” Billy Joe Martin says. “Wait,” Bill says.
Guerin’s old dog’ll bite you for sure. I seen him this morning when me and Mama was going down to Gran’mon’s house. I ain’t go’n eat dinner at us house because me and Mama don’t stay there no more. I’m go’n eat at Gran’mon’s house. I don’t know where Daddy go’n eat dinner. He must be go’n cook his own dinner. I can hear Bill and Juanita back of me. They whispering to each other, but I can hear them. Juanita’s some pretty. I wish I was big so I could love her. But I better look at my lesson and don’t think about other things.
He asks me. I don’t answer him, but I got my eyes open now, and I’m looking down at the floor. Bill turns me round so I can dry the back of my pants. He pats me on the shoulder and goes back to his seat. After Miss Hebert gets through with the second graders, she tells the children they can go out for recess. I can hear them getting their coats and hats. When they all leave, I raise my head. I still see Bill and Juanita and Veta sitting there. Bill smiles at me, but I don’t smile back. My clothes’s dry now, and I feel better.