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a girl who sat
across from
him in English
class. When
she smiled at him,
he impulsively reached
up, snagged a bunch of
french fries from the paper cup she was
holding, stuffed them in his mouth, and
ran out onto the floor with his team.
He played with a ferocity that was
both precise and fluid, and by late in the
second half had scored 27 points. With
the clock running down, the ball-hawking
Blue Jays were still ahead by one point.
In a lightning-like move he stole a Blue
Jay pass and dribbled to his sweet spot,
but when the ball left his fingertips, he
immediately knew it was a bit short, just
like when he knew the first shot he'd fired
at the buck was a miss.
But he also knew where the ball would
end up after hitting the rim, and he was
there, rising up amidst a trio of blue jerseys, and while in the air, hitting a short
jumper at the buzzer.
"Game over," he whispered to himself.
The Yellow Jacket fans poured from
the stands and onto the floor, surrounding
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the team. Cynthia came up to him. "Nice
steal, Tommy!"
"Thanks," he said.
"I was talking about my fries," she
said. "And now you owe me."
Before heading to the parking lot to
meet his parents Coach Mayer motioned
him over and introduced him to an assistant coach from a college upstate.
"Great game, Tom," said the recruiter,
handing him a card. "I don't want to hold
you up right now, but we'll be in touch."
On the way back home, Tom told his
parents first about his hunt, then handed
the recruiter's card to his mother.
They were speechless. When they
pulled up to the house, the buck was hanging from the oak in the front yard with a
note tied to its rack:
Here's your buck, hotshot. Next time
shoot a big one. Congrats on the win.
And here are your gloves, too. You left
them in the kettle.
Bill and Barry

C

YNTHIA HELD THE LADDER
as Tom climbed up onto the roof of
their garage.
"Be careful, Tommy," she said.
He hoisted up the restored copper
weather vane of the leaping buck and
bolted it onto the peak of the cupola.
They stood in the driveway, admiring
its fiery sheen in the last red light of day
against the dark winter clouds.
"It's so beautiful," she said.
Tom thought of that winter day long
ago, of the big buck and the big game.
He pictured Kettle Rock on the snowcovered ridge and the curious iron kettle
still within, and the greater crucible of
the big hollow in which the lives of both
hunter and deer are melded in an ageless
trial of life and death, creating something
both new and remarkable.
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