Frank Raymond is nowhere around, so Calo thinks he must be off adventuring. He sneaks a horse and rides to see Joseph, aware that he could get into trouble because he doesn't have permission to use the horse or go this far away. Still, he is determined to get Patricia the bowl he made.
It's so hot that Calo feels like he's melting. He stops to
get a drink and thinks he's lost his way—he doesn't really remember how to get to
While resting for a bit, Calo thinks about how his little
brother's birthday just passed, about how he will buy him a gift and mail it,
and about how he will use the money he's got to buy ice cream. Some of the
money is Cirone's, so he'll have to pay him back somehow.
Calo weaves two mats out of ferns to wear like a hat to
block the sun, and he walks on. Joseph's shack is empty when he arrives.
Then an arrow whizzes by his head and sends the horse
galloping away, scared. That was a close call.
Joseph sees it is Calo and apologizes, telling the boy it is
good that he didn't have his gun today—a fact that sends Calo to his knees in
gratitude. Phew. His bowl has already been fired and is good to go, but Calo
doesn't want to be rude, so he doesn't take it and run off. Instead he sits to
watch what Joseph is doing.
Joseph is making an alligator bowl. He tells Calo that alligators
may not look pretty, but they are honest. Calo wants to learn to weave an alligator
basket, but Joseph won't teach him. He will, however, tell him a story.
Then Joseph lets Calo pick another story, so he asks why
Joseph has a non-American Indian name. Apparently, Joseph used to have an
American Indian name that meant bullfrog,
but white boys bullied and beat him for being American Indian—they even buried
him in rocks—so he moved away and changed his name.
Calo and Joseph wrap the bowl in ferns, and Calo takes off
for Frank's house (where he hopes to paint the bowl). No one's home.
When Calo arrives back home, everyone is waiting for him,
disappointed—again—that he didn't do what he said he was going to do. It's a
pretty tough crowd to please back at Calo's place.
Luckily, Calo doesn't get punished again, probably because
everyone's in such a great mood about the party that night.
When Calo shows Cirone the bowl, he says he feels bummed
that it isn't painted, but his cousin says that Patricia will love it, anyway.