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Chapter 7-12 Summary
Brooks sounds disgusted as he accuses Sonny of carrying crack. Sonny remains silent. Brooks tells him that people like him are considered mules - people with no brains and also with no future. He gives Sonny a lesson on what crack does to people - even little children. Stick is part of an uptown dope posse called the X-men. They are known for shipping crack to middle schools in New Jersey. They sucker Sonny right into their scene.
Now Sonny is charged with a felony. Brooks offers to let him go with a bus ticket out of town if he will give a statement, but Sonny keeps quiet. Sonny tries not to show any fear. Brooks tells him he will be waiting a long time for a trial while Stick continues selling death to children. Sonny is all right with turning Stick in, but he is worried about Doll. As Brooks continues talking to him, he feels the monster rise again.
Brooks sees his anger and challenges him to stand up and box. He takes Sonny's handcuffs off. Sonny tries to strike him, but the man is too quick. Finally, he throws a chair at the police officer, who dodges it. Sonny still refuses to talk, and Brooks tells another officer to take him away.
Sonny feels like a helpless child again as he is processed for prison. His lawyer has already figured out a lot about him. After discussion with the D.A. , they determine that Sonny will go to Whitmore Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility. After the prisoners shower, they are sent to a room for haircuts. Sonny refuses to have his cut, saying it is part of his heritage. They try to do it anyway, and the monster rises up. Sonny knocks the officer flat.
While Sonny is in solitary confinement for knocking down the officer, he thinks about Jake's stories of the Running Brave's solo. He wonders if he had wanted to be a Running Brave then mentally scoffs at the idea. Sonny sits in his cell and sketches onto the Styrofoam tray from his meals. He uses the plastic tip on the drawstring of his pants as a drawing utensil. Brooks comes to visit him, telling him that he had talked to Jake. They have arranged his release into general population.
Brooks asks Sonny to join the X-Men. Sonny iwasn't so sure about that. He tells Brooks he won't narc for him. Brooks tells Sonny that he knows he was on the bus because Stick has betrayed him. When Sonny tells Brooks he can't trust him, Brooks reminds him that he doesn't have a choice.
When Sonny is released, the others cheer. They think he is a hero for standing up to the officer. The other young men ask about his heritage, and he is warned that he will have to choose to join the X-Men or the Latin Knights. After the others fell asleep, Sonny goes to the latrine. Five X-Men come after him, encouraging him to join them. He tells them he is a member of the Moscondaga Nation and will only answer to Chiefs and Clan Mothers. They attack him, and the last thing he sees is his blood spreading over the floor.
Sonny is dreaming that he is walking on the wind. He sees a Running Brave below him, and the courier tells him that he is going to be okay. The voice comes on a hawk's wings. In actuality, Sonny is in a bed, hooked to machines. He hears Jake commenting that he can't make Sonny stay on the Reservation. Brooks is there, also. He says that Sonny will be dead meat if he is left loose in the city. Jake suggests that they find Sonny's mother so that she can sign the papers for the Army, but Brooks said it won't matter since the Army won't take him until his indictment is dropped. That could take a long time. Jake dreams that he flies out the door onto The Deuce where he sees Doll, but she has his mother's face.
Sonny suddenly awakens, screaming out in pain. He feels a pinprick of pain in his arm, then he is sleeping again. Jake is talking with Brooks about boxing, and Jake feels that he is safe. Jake is telling Brooks how Sonny is a very quiet kid, but every once in a while he would suddenly lash out. He calls it an evil spirit. He also calls it a hawk. Jake is telling Brooks that Sonny's father was a white man who was killed in Vietnam.
A doctor comes in and tells Sonny how lucky he is since the knife had come very close to his heart. He needs to walk, and Sonny is amazed at the amount of pain he is in. Walking is tough, but he does it. Now he needs to get his strength back. Brooks says he will be up and running in 10 days, and he tells the doctor that Sonny is now his prisoner. While Sonny is healing, he receives a card from Heather. One time Brooks comes in, exhausted. He had been on a stakeout, trying to get Stick. He tells Sonny why he is so determined to get Stick. His best friend had died from a drug overdose.
Jake, Brooks, and Sonny are watching a prizefight on TV. Brooks tells the others he used to train at Donatelli's Gym. This is where Sonny had been going to train. The two men inform Sonny of their plan to get him trained properly.
Sonny goes home to the Reservation with Jake to heal. He tells the boy to try to dream about hawks at night because they will give him a vision. Jake tells Sonny the history behind the Running Braves and why the Government had tried to split them up. He tells Sonny that he knows the secrets of the Running Braves and would pass the information on to him.
A pounding noise wakes Sonny up. He can still see the moonlight, and his body is wracked with pain. Jake tells him to kick a stick, trying to teach him about balance, footwork, and concentration. Sonny thinks it's dumb, but he tries. Jake gives him some tea to hold in his mouth while he kicks the stick so he can learn to breathe through his nose. They do other strange exercises, which Sonny thinks are ridiculous, but he does them. The monster rises up within him, and he tries to swallow it down. Jake points out that he has to exercise his mind as well as his body. He reminds Sonny that he has a chance to learn how to box and become a real fighter. However, his white side wars with his Indian side, pulling out the worst in each. Jake tells him he has to take the best of both sides. They go back inside for breakfast, and the two set up a plan to continue training every day.
The first week of training is very painful, and it seems to pass in the blur. They realize that people are starting to watch what they are doing. During the day, Sonny helps Jake work in the junkyard. At night, Jake massages Sonny's muscles and tells him stories about the Nation. Sometimes they watch video cassettes of fights, analyzing the moves. Jake says that Mohammed Ali was a great fighter, but it is hard to learn boxing from him since he had his own special way. He talks with Sonny about how Mohammed Ali was given a hard time by the whites, but he stood up for what he thought was right. One day Sonny wakea up and realizes that something is different. He isn't in pain anymore. It gives him hope that he can get in shape. He looks forward to going back to the city. Brooks will be there, and so will Doll.
As Sonny's body became stronger, he wonders if he will be strong enough to keep the monster in its place. Jake talks with him more about the Running Braves, and he tells Sonny that there will be big trouble ahead someday. When they return to the house, there is a limo parked outside their door. It is Sonny's mother.
Chapter 7-12 Analysis
Sonny is back facing Brooks once again. This time, he is in even more trouble than before. Brooks fills him in on the drug scene, and tells him how he was set up, but Sonny still refuses to give information on Stick. Brooks gives him an opportunity to go home, but Sonny doesn't feel as if he has a home to go to. Brooks challenges him, and he tries to lash out at the man, but the man is too quick and agile for him. He still refuses to talk even though it means that he is going to be in serious trouble.
Sonny is on his own. His lawyer tries to use his nationality to get him a break, but the DA doesn't go for it. He is sentenced to a Juvenile center with a bunch of other boys. Even though he never really cared about his nationality before, he suddenly decides to identify with his heritage by refusing to get his hair cut. An officer tries to to make him cut his hair, and he lashes out, letting the monster take control of him once again.
His behavior leads him to solitary confinement. This is the first time he has been alone in a long time, and he has plenty of opportunity to think. Sonny remembers the stories Jake told him, and for the first time finds himself really thinking about the Running Braves and their stories. This makes him think about his situation more seriously. Brooks comes to visit him and offers him another deal, trying to get an inside scoop on the drug ring. When Sonny gets out of solitary confinement, he is a hero. For once, instead of being an outcast it seems cool to be in Indian. Everyone wants to know about his background. When members of the X-Men try to get him to join them, he stands up to them. For the first time, he identifies with his own heritage, telling them that he will not join them. He will only respond and listen to members of his tribe. This doesn't go over well, and he is beaten up.
Sonny is unconscious and has dreams. Jake and Brooks appear in his dreams, and they are a source of comfort. In reality, Brooks and Jake are now teaming up together to plan his future. They both know that he has talent in the ring, and this may be his way to salvation. When Sonny gets up and has to start walking again, he finds himself inspired by Brooks. Still, even in his protected environment, he is lured to the street by Doll. She sends him a card, re-establishing their connection to each other.
As he heals, Sonny learns more about Brooks. He is given a wake-up call as to the horrors of what drugs can do to a person. He also learns that Brooks had been involved with the boxing world in his past. Both his mentors point out to Sonny that what he really has to work on is control. At the end of this chapter, Brooks squeezes Sonny's shoulder in the first friendly physical gesture of their time together. The reader has now seen Brooks and Sonny's relationship progress from cop and deviant to motivator to friendship. Back at the Reservation, Jake still tries to inspire Sonny with stories of the Running Braves.
Training with Jake is brutal, and Sonny frequently finds himself embarrassed. The old man doesn't care who is watching what they do. He is focused on helping Sonny control his body and mind.
To Sonny's surprise, the hard work began to pay off. He found himself more open to Jake's ideas and history lessons. Right when he began to get used to his new world and insights, his mother showed up.
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