In the short story "Raymond's Run," Squeaky mostly is in school to protect her mentally challenged brother Raymond and to beat everyone else in running. She also likes to challenge people using words or running. She is rather abrupt with the people around her and is therefore disliked by some of the other students. She doesn't seem to care until Gretchen attends her school. Now her interest in school is beating Gretchen until she sees that Gretchen is much like herself--working hard to be somebody and worthy of respect. During the race, she sees her brother Raymond cheering her on and racing with her. She can now see her brother, not as a burden, but as another person like herself who is worthy of respect and being a part of life rather than the observer he was.