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Miranda tells us what happens that day on the corner. If she ever does write the letter for "you," she'll tell this part carefully.
Miranda uses a numbered list to track the sequence of events. The headlines:
Miranda was walking home from school. Sal was in front of her.
Some of the corner kids threw potato chips at Sal. Then they pushed him.
Sal starts walking away when Marcus comes out of the garage.
Sal sees Marcus and runs. Marcus yells "hold up" and runs after him. (45.11)
The Laughing Man is on the corner across the street.
Then things get weird. Miranda sees something flicker next to the Laughing Man, "like an old movie" just for a few seconds (45.14). It looks like a naked man holding his head. It is gone in a few seconds.
Miranda runs after them.
Sal runs into the street. A big truck is moving towards him. The driver isn't looking.
Miranda screams. Sal turns. Miranda thinks Sal is going to die.
Suddenly the Laughing Man bolts into the street and kicks Sal out of the way.
The truck hits the Laughing Man.
Sal's arm is underneath him, but he is alive.
Miranda sees a shoe in the street from the Laughing Man. It is Richard's two-inch platform.
Miranda's head starts to spin. She sees these words scratched into the mailbox: "Book / Bag / Pocket / Shoe" (45.38).
These are the places where the notes have been. Sure enough, she picks up the shoe and a note falls out.
It says that the story of what just happened is the one she needs to tell. It asks her to deliver her letter by hand – and that she knows where to find him.
The note adds that the trip is a difficult one, and the writer can carry nothing.
Miranda realizes the Laughing Man saved Sal's life – and that "you" is the Laughing Man. It's been the Laughing Man all along who has been writing the notes.