Ray Brower's body was found. But neither our gang nor their gang got the
credit. In the end we decided that an anonymous phone-call was the best
thing to do. We headed home. And although many thoughts raced through our
minds we barely spoke. We walked through the night and made it back to
Castle Rock a little past five o'clock on Sunday morning, the day before
Labor Day. We'd only been gone two days. But somehow the town seemed
As time went on we saw less and less of Teddy and Vern until
eventually they became just two more faces in the halls. That happens
sometimes. Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a
restaurant. I heard that Vern got married out of High-school, had four
kids and is now the forklift operator at the Arsenal Lumberyard. Teddy
tried several times to get into the Army but his eyes and his ear kept
him out. The last I heard, he'd spent some time in jail. He was now
doing odd jobs around Castle Rock.
Chris did get out. He enrolled in the College-courses with me. And although
it was hard he gutted it out like he always did. He went on to College
and eventually became a lawyer. Last week he entered a fast food restaurant.
Just ahead of him, two men got into an argument. One of them pulled a
knife. Chris who would always make the best peace tried to break it up.
He was stabbed in the throat. He died almost instantly. Although I haven't
seen him in more than ten years I know I'll miss him forever. I never
had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus,
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