David has nightmare about his fathers plastic mannequins stalking him.
English Class Meet compassionate english teacher: Talk about relationship with kathy Teacher talks about the concept of "uncanny valley" Teacher tells David that his grades are falling because David has to work. States assignment: Must find one thing meaningful and write about it.
David and Kathy walk home/ past old man Whitney to explore the forest When walking thoughts about Spaceboy Spoof / father pressures? Use internal thoughts to reveal David's relationship to Kathy/ What he is thinking/love of nature v.s. hatred of his father/ job.
Falls down into hidden valley surrounded by invasive vine plants. A the center is a massive, dying oak tree. Whirligig is hung on it. Made out of natural elements: Wood, rocks, etc. Causes him to contemplate about Real v.s. Fake, Comparing himself to unrealistic expectations. Real Father vs. Fake father, Leah's face vs Twisted mannequins, reflects on uncanny valley, how it is like the valley he is in now, polluted and wrong. (Real friend v.s. fake relationship.)
Fixes falling apart whirligig and relocate it to hang in front of school where anyone can see on young oak. Mom meets English teacher about grade improvement/ possible relationship (Girl lightly kisses him on cheek? Leaves him confused)
At night in his house, he begins to write the essay Begin with the same words used at beginning of story