Chapter 5 Summary

Even though he longs to “sprint straight into the future,” Eddie is inexorably drawn back to the morass of his past. He feels convinced that Angel is out to get him, but he wants to meet him on his own terms. He returns to Holmes Playground in search of his nemesis. There, Eddie talks with Coach, an ex-gang member and Vietnam vet who is now the recreation director at the park. Coach pointedly ignores Eddie’s queries about Angel and instead enlists his help to “do the lines” on the baseball field. As he is laying out the chalk, Samuel arrives. He is the little brother of Eddie’s friend Lupe—and a budding junior high school gangster. He is wasted from sniffing glue and maliciously messes up the freshly marked...

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