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Long before they united to become Freak the Mighty, Max and Kevin met in day care. Max was known as Kicker then, because he liked to kick-box and kick faces and kick teachers. Max admired Kevin because of the crutches he used and, later, for the metal braces on his legs. Then, Kevin disappeared--"he just never came back to day care"--and Max didn't see him again till one day when he was in the third grade when he caught a glimpse of Kevin "scowling at me from one of those cripple vans." The two boys next met up during the summer before they both entered the eighth grade when Kevin and his mother, the Fair Gwen, moved into the same apartment complex as Max and his grandparents. They soon became best friends before teaming up--Kevin's brain and Max's brawn--to become Freak the Mighty.
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