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anniversary? Michael wondered. Not MLK’s birthday; that was in January. The day the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education? Or something more sinister? Whatever it was, Michael had to leave. He had begun to tremble all over. The tension was catching up to him, and he couldn’t allow that to happen, not yet. He climbed the stairs and let himself out of the pantry. The house was quiet. When he stepped out the back door, Henry was waiting for him, scampering back and forth with excitement. Henry barked again, and Michael jumped. “Henry, heel!” he whispered, and snapped his fi ngers twice. He turned the lock on the doorknob and pulled it closed. Then he knelt and rubbed the dog’s chest fur. “You ratted me out, you bastard,” he said. Henry licked Michael’s face, untroubled by the dirt and sweat, eager for more adventure. Together they walked to the end of the driveway. And it was there, as he stripped off the latex gloves, that Michael realized he’d left his bag of tools in the ceiling. “Henry, sit,” he
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