Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker, who goes by her nickname of Squeaky, describes herself with the adjectives little, skinny, squeaky, and fast.
The narrator of Toni Cade Bambara's "Raymond's Run," Squeaky is a confident girl who loves her brother Raymond, a boy who is mentally challenged. Describing herself as the "fastest thing on two feet" and as "Miss Quicksilver," Squeaky takes her brother with her on her runs. When she is on 34th Street, she "prances like a pony to let people know" that she is fast. Her mother is embarrassed by this prancing, so she walks ahead of her.
Squeaky contrasts herself with others such as Cynthia Procter, saying that she does not pretend as does Cynthia. For instance, Cynthia pretends to fall onto the piano stool in music class. Then "she decides just for fun" to try "out the old keys." And, then, Chopin's waltzes—which she has long practiced—"just spring out of her fingertips...."
But, Squeaky, who is honest about things, lets herself be seen practicing. "And you can see me any time of day practicing running." She refers to herself as "Miss Quicksilver."
After the race in which Squeaky and Gretchen compete, they become friends. Squeaky is proud, but she is especially proud of her brother Raymond, who has kept up with Squeaky by running outside the fence parallel to her.