MY TROUBLE ITS BEGINNING
name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star. My brother Driver Eighteen Star, and my
ghost brother MoJacques Five Star, dead when I myself was only six
years old. Still my heart is rain for him, my brother dead of posies
My mother and my grands and my great-grands been Sengle pure. Our
people be a tarry night sort, and we skinny and long. My brother Driver
climb a tree with only hands, because our bones so light, our muscles
strong. We flee like a dragonfly over water, we fight like ten guns,
and we be bell to see. Other children go deranged and unpredictable for
We Sengles be a wandering sort. We never grown nothing from anything,
never had no tato patch nor cornfield. Be thieves, and brave to hunt. A
Sengle hungry even when he eat, even when he rich, he still want to
grab and rob, he hungry for something he ain't never seen nor
thought of. We was so proud, we was ridiculous as wild animals, but we
was bell and strong.
In my greats' time, we come up from Chespea Water. Was living peaceful
by Two Towns until the neckface murderers come. Then we flee onward to
these Massa woods. Here we thieve well. We live as long as Lowells
– sometimes twenty years or twenty-one years. Every Sengle
knife, and we together possess two guns. Driver got a gun that shoot,
and Crow Sixteen a broken shotgun, still is good for scaring.
This day my story start, we been out scratching in the evacs. These
evacs be house after house that face each other in twin lines. Houses
shambledown and rotten; ya, the road between is broken through with
pushing weeds. Get fifty houses in a street, and twenty streets in one
hour's walking. When these houses all was full, it been more people
here than squirrels. Ain't nobody living now.
Loot here be older, but is rich. We find every kind of thing
pharmacies, can food, clothes. Find cigarettes, be old with mushroom
taste, but still can smoke. What I love most – can of
Beef-a-roni. I eat that cold. I eat Beef-a-roni any way. The person
invented Beef-a-roni, that person was a valuable genius.
This raid, it been Jermaine Fourteen, Asha Badmouth Fifteen, and my
brother Driver Eighteen, who been Sengle sergeant then. Ya, my favorite
little, Keepers Eight, been there on scouting task. We come out with
two horses, by own finicky spotten pony Money and Big Smoke who pull a
Ya, this been a feary day, because we find a sleeper house. Been two
sleepers there, they lain together in a bed. One been grown, one
eightish size. Both gone with years to stain and bones. Skeletons mix
their ribs, their ghosty hair caught in one tangle.
In houses with these dead, we take no loot. It be unlucky wealth. Nor
is good taboo to leave the house. Must rid it with clean fire.