What happens among Squeaky, Gretchen, and Gretchen's friends that move the plot in "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara?

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In "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, Squeaky is practicing her running in preparation for the May Day Race. She has her brother, Raymond, with her, and as they stroll along Broadway Street, Squeaky sees Gretchen, Mary Louise, and Rosie coming in the opposite direction. Squeaky's first instinct is to avoid them by ducking into the candy store, but she quickly changes her mind.

"First I think I'll step into the candy store and look over the new comics and let them pass. But that's chicken and I've got a reputation to consider." (Bambara 5)

Squeaky then thinks that she will just keep going and walk "straight on through them or over them if necessary." (Bambara 5) The girls slow down right before they meet up with Squeaky, and Squeaky is prepared to fight them. The other girls proceed to ask Squeaky if she's going to compete in the race this year, and then Rosie adds that she doesn't think Squeaky will win--insinuating that Gretchen is the better runner. Squeaky counters that she always win, but now the challenge is on and the plot is moved forward.