Sherman " Sonny I think you'd better go up to the Little Store bus stop"
Sherman called me.... He told me. Then he told me what i should do. If Sherman said it, brave and good Sherman, I knew it was so.
Mrs. Bykoviski stood alone across the road from the Little Store with two cheap suitcases by her side.
" I came to say how sorry i am"
"Ike could've gone back to the machine shop anytime he wanted. He said your dad got mad sometimes, but in the end he was always fair. The thing was, he didn't want to-- I didn't want to eaither. We got used to the money"
"Ike loved you, Sonny.." "You know that?"
"shut up" " Just shut up" " This was a nice place. Clean an peaceful. Wish we could've stayed"
"But it was me--" .. "Yes ma'am, But--"
"Just don't forget Ike" ... "There's one thing you can do" "Something I know Ike'd really like."
The bus was coming up the road. I picked up her suitcases, helped the driver put them aboard. She went to a seat an slid open the window an smiled down at me
"I won't" ... "Ma'am?"
Mrs. Bykoviski: " Keep firing those rockets!"
She closed the window and gave me a sad little smile and the bus pulled out. I looked up the road until it disappeared around the curve at the base of the mountain