"The dark sky, filled with angry, swirling clouds, reflected Greg Ridley's mood as he sat on the stoop."
"...knowing the lecture would end with his father saying he couldn't play ball with the Scorpions. He asked his father the week before, and his father had said it depended on his next report card... But the principal had ended the suspense early when she sent the letter saying Greg would probably fail math if he didn't spend more time studying."
"And you want to play basketball? That must be some kind of a joke. Now you just get into your room and hit those books."
"He stood to go upstairs, thought of the lecture that probably awaited him if he did anything except shut himself in his room with his math book, and started walking down the street instead."
"Don't try nothin' 'cause I got a razor sharp enough to cut a week into nine days... You ain't one of those bad boys looking for my treasure, is you? Because I told you I got me a razor."
"I don't know. All I know is that I heard him talking about some kind of treasure. You know they found that shopping bag lady with that load of money in her bags. HEY, OLD MAN, ARE YOU UP THERE?"
"As Greg howled, the light moved away from Lemon Brown, but not before Greg saw him hurl his body down the stairs at the man who had come to take his treasure. There was a crashing noise, and then footsteps."
"I used to travel around and make money to feed my wife and Jesse - that's my boy's name. Then his mama dies, and he stayed with his mama's sister. He growed up to be a man, and when the war come he saw fit to go off and fight in it. I didn't have nothing to give him except these things that told him who I was, and what he come from. If you know your pappy did something, you know you can do something too."
"Now didn't I tell you I was going to east St. Louis In the morning? Don't that sound OK to you?"
They never do see each other again as they walk their separate ways but as, "Greg pushed the button over the bell marked Ridley, thought of the lecture he knew his father would give him, and smiled."