I decided to pretend that one block equalled one day of suspension. That's how many days were left of school. Soon, it got to be even more cloudy than it already was and began to rain.
Thirty more blocks.
'He who walks in the middle of the roads gets hit from both sides.' I figured my mother would be very mad if she were to find out, but in the same way I think she'd understand, she wanted to kill the kids, too. George Shultz was warning me, though. 'I always felt like I was a freak when I was growing up and that there was something wrong with me because I couldn't fit in anywhere.' Madonna said that. She's a singer, I don't like music, but everyone calls me a freak. If I walked long enough, I wouldn't be there to hear it.
Twenty-eight more blocks.
It was getting dark now, the sky a deep blue fading to grays and blacks with the rain. There's a quote by Roger Miller, 'Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet'. I was getting wet.
Twenty-seven more blocks.
I recite The Raven. It gets to be very dark.
Twenty-one more blocks.
Twenty more blocks.
I sit down. It's wet, it's cold, and I am done walking. I don't want to be the freak.