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By Homer Hickam

Song Hawkins is a gorgeous, difficult, yet lonely big apple urban businesswoman who thinks she's met the guy of her desires in Cable Jordan, the superintendent of a West Virginia coal mine. yet quickly once they swiftly marry, tune realizes they are in mammoth difficulty. She cannot think existence outdoor of recent York, and Cable has no purpose of leaving his loved city of Highcoal.

Song's stopover at to the little mining group in basic terms makes issues worse. It feels like the wedding is over. yet in a stunning flip of occasions, music realizes it really is as much as her to place at the purple helmet of the hot coal miner and descend into the deep darkness. There she faces her maximum problem with offerings and braveness that may eternally influence the lifetime of Cable and the complete town.

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Thank goodness. Cable loves this car,” she acknowledged. Her wits returning, she regarded round for a resource of water. “I’ve acquired to scrub the stink off me,” she acknowledged. “There’s a creek round the corner. ” younger Henry motioned along with his hand. track thought of the creek, then replaced her brain concerning the washing. “I may still cross home,” she concluded. “No problem,” younger Henry stated. “All i must do is get the auto again at the street and I’ll have you ever again very quickly atall. you simply stand over there. No ma’am, now not there! Oh, glance, you’ve stepped within the cow poo together with your great footwear. ” “Only a pair hundred dollars,” she acknowledged faintly. “Really, ma’am? you should purchase a couple similar to them in Omar’s shop for roughly thirty greenbacks. ” “Young Henry, let’s talk about the cost of sneakers at a later time. ” “Yes, ma’am. ” younger Henry climbed into the auto, revved its engine, popped its seize, and went for it, wheels throwing up clumps of turf as he instructed it throughout the gap within the fence, around the ditch, and again up at the highway. tune watched from her position at the grass as an immense coal truck rounded the curve and roared relentlessly towards younger Henry and the automobile. Brakes squealed and smoke erupted from the truck’s tires as younger Henry dived out of the auto simply seconds earlier than the collision that, miraculously, didn't ensue. the large metal bumper of the truck, approximately as colossal because the automobile, stopped merely inches clear of it. “Oh, thank goodness! ” music cried, even if her aid used to be short-lived. a number of a whole lot coal, its momentum unchecked, erupted from the truck and fell like a black tidal wave on best of Cable’s automobile. track ran towards the buried car, yet slipped on the fringe of the trench and went sprawling face-first into dust. younger Henry helped her up after which supported her as she limped to the line. “Them coal vehicles yes can building up a head of steam,” the boy marveled. The truck motive force, a mountain of a guy in bib overalls, climbed out of the cab and lumbered over. He grinned in reputation whilst he observed younger Henry. “Hey, boy! Where’d you get that little vehicle I performed buried less than my coal? ” “It’s Mr. Jordan’s. And this can be his spouse, Mrs. Jordan. ” the driving force peered at tune via coke-bottle glasses. “I’m Foureyes, ma’am,” he acknowledged, then placed his give up his nostril. “Par’m me, yet you kinda stink. ” “I’m sorry. i believe I sat on a cow . . . factor. ” “Ten-four, ma’am. You definitely did. you actually married to Cable? I bought to claim you ain’t very like I pictured a spouse of his’n. ” “Because I’m Asian-American? ” “Uh-uh. ” He patted his chest. “The method I heard it, Cable likes ’em large alongside the following. ” tune, emerging above her melancholy, lifted her muddy chin. “Are you damage whatsoever, Mr. Foureyes? ” “Not but, yet I most likely might be. Cable’s gonna kick my tail for dumping coal on his automobile. ” “I obtained an concept! ” younger Henry chirped. “Squirrel Harper information vehicles and he owes Mrs. Jordan a prefer. He may perhaps fresh that motor vehicle up, yes as spit. ” “Might work,” Foureyes agreed. “If you had a fashion of calling him. ” He checked out tune. “Cell telephones don’t paintings round right here, you recognize.

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