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The Fires Within

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Title:The Fires Within
Authors:Tsuha, Blake
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:On my block in Waipahu, there were two Filipino kids who always hung together. One was tall and lanky, and a silver cross dangled from his left ear. He was a fifth grader (one year older than me) and his name was Angel Benavides, but Virginia "Peanut Buttah" Constancico (who stopped being a virgin after seventh grade) called him "Chocolate," because they were "two great tastes that taste great together." Benny DeCosta was his friend, but everyone called him "Tonto." Tonto was short, tubby, and wore airplane and helicopter BBD's that barely covered his butt-crack. I saw them every morning at seven-fifteen, as my mom took me to Our Savior Lutheran School in Aiea. And for a moment, our eyes would meet through the bubbled, do-it-yourself tint of my mom's rusted gold Duster, and Angel would give me that "wassup" nod of the head as he leaned against the stop sign smoking Kool Menthol Lights. And that was all I ever knew of them. I grew up in Waipahu, but my parents raised me a Townie. I played soccer in Aiea, joined the Boy Scouts in Pearl City, and attended school in Downtown. When I asked to play street football with Angel and Tonto, my mom said "Kid's li'dat Benevides and DeCosta boy nothing but trouble. Be a good boy. Play pool." Five years later--when "Color of Money" came out--she learned to regret that, but I shot eight-ball every day with the blinds open, hoping they would see me run the table. I did this when all I wanted was to smoke cigarettes on the corner, cut class, and go to Gem's to play Galaxian and Space Invaders with the quarters we took from wimps named Jimmy Bitterman, Glenn "Glasses" Hara, and Stevie "Wanna Bok?" Choi.
Pages/Duration:88 pages
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