“Get him out of here,” Claiborne said. “I don’t give a shit if he’s all right or not. ’Fore you know it, the law’ll be here. Get him out of here.”
And through the screen I could see outside into the darkness, and I didn't want to go out there. There was nothing outside that house that I cared for. Not school, not home, not my aunt, not the quarter, not anything else in the world.
“I won’t let you send that boy’s soul to hell,” he said. “I’ll fight you with all the strength I have left in this body, and I’ll win.”
My eyes were closed before this moment, Jefferson, My eyes have been closed all my life. Yes, we all need you. Every last one of us.