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Junior worries that Roger will take revenge. He wishes Rowdy were still his friend, but unfortunately, Rowdy hates him too.
Junior asks his grandmother for advice. The ever-wise Grandma (fig 9.1) tells Junior that Roger not fighting back probably means he respects Junior. Junior thinks she's plain crazy.
The next day, Junior's parents don't have enough gas to take him to school, so he begins walking the twenty-two miles to the high school. On the way, he meets with his father's best friend, Eugene (fig 9.2).
Eugene is a drunk, but fortunately the happy kind. He gives Junior a ride to school on his motorcycle. The kids all stare when Junior arrives at school.
Roger approaches Junior and asks about the motorcycle. He seems weirdly impressed. He doesn't kick Junior's butt. He just tells him he'll see him around.
Junior thinks maybe his Grandma was right.
Feeling pretty pumped, Junior sees Penelope (the cute blonde girl) and says hello, but she responds with an icy "Do I know you?" (9.79).
As Junior says, he may have "impressed the king," but "the queen" still didn't care for him one bit (9.82).