When our narrator, Quentin, is nine, he and his next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, are playing together in a park when they find a dead man. Kids these days… when we were that age, we weren't playing with dead people.
Quentin freaks out, taking two steps back, but Margo, like a young Paula Abdul, takes two steps forward.
Margo touches the dead dude's foot while Quentin continues to lose it.
He grabs her and tells her that they should leave, and they run to their bikes and ride home.
Their parents call 9-1-1, and the next day they find out the dead man was named Robert Joyner; he killed himself in the park.
Margo comes to Quentin's window that night, and the two kids wonder why he shot himself.
Margo speculates, "Maybe all the strings inside him broke" (Prologue.32).
Quentin opens the window to let her in, but she doesn't come inside. She just stares at him. Because that's not creepy at all.
He says, "in my memory, it doesn't end. We just stay there, looking at each other, forever" (Prologue.35).