"And there he is, hardly any bigger now than he was in daycare, and he's standing there waving his crutch up at the tree"
There are so many people crowded around, all he can see are feet and knees, and people are lifting their little kids up to see the fireworks explode like hot pink flowers in the sky, and so I just sort of reach down without thinking and pick up Freak and set him on my shoulders"
"And now I can see him, see that pointed white grin and his eyes are so dark and cruel, and he's swaggering through the crowd, he's got us surrounded with punks, everywhere I turn there's another mean face trying to look as though as Tony D"
"this scrawny, yellow-haired woman with small, hard eyes and blurry red lips. She's wearing this ratty old bathrobe and she's smoking this cigarette and squinting at us and making a face." "Next thing there's this big hairy dude in the doorway, he's got a huge beer gut and these giant arms all covered with blue tattoos and he's got a beard that looks like it's made out of red barbed wire
"I try to move, try to shrink myself back into the bed but the hand is so strong I can't move, and it feels like my heart has stopped beating, it's waiting to see what will happen next."