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last time said, “Henry! Heel!” And, remembering, snapped his fi ngers twice. Henry threw on the brakes, his hindquarters sliding around on him as he backpedaled. By the time he stopped he was facing the other direction and needed only a few minor adjustments to end up in heel position on Michael’s left side. He looked up at Michael and panted. Michael leaned over to scratch the dog’s chest. “Good dog, Henry,” he said. “Good dog.” A light went on in the trailer. There was a ditch to the left of the driveway. Michael snapped his fi ngers once and said, “Henry. Go.” Then he scrambled into the ditch and lay on his stomach with his face pressed into his tool bag. The night was full of noises: wind in the dry leaves, crickets, the deeper chattering of frogs. Even so he heard the creak as the trailer door opened. Vaughan’s voice called, “Henry? Henry, what are you doing?” “Go,” Michael whispered, and Henry ran toward the trailer. Michael forced himself to lie still despite a sudden, overwhelming need to urinate. You were fi ne
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