Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

Wild Meat
and the Bully Burgers

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In the beginning, Lovey and her best friend,

Jerry, are watching the Shirley Temple movie before they go to church.

They never get to see the end because they have to go and leave. They make
up the endings and cry in the middle of the pastor\'s sermon. On Lovey\'s
birthday, Jerry would make her a gift certificate from the toy store for
$500.

Lovey is very embarrassed to be speaking
pidgin English. She doesn\'t tell anyone, not even Jerry, how she is ashamed
of how she talks, looks, or even where she lives. Lovey secretly wants
to be haole, but she knows that she can\'t. Everyone in her class has a
very hard time speaking proper English, and the teacher yells at them for
not being able too. Lovey has a hard time in math class and gets teased
for being Japanese. It\'s as if the rest of the students expect her to be
smart just because she is Japanese. Lovey is supposed to write her own
obituary for her English class. It gets her thinking about death, and consequently
she thinks about it all the time. Lovey dreams and fantasizes about being
haole. She thinks up of the perfect house with all the trimmings. She wants
to marry a haole so she can have a haole last name. Lovey makes haole friends
so that she can sleep over their houses and eat their food. Her father
says that she is crazy for wanting to be friends with haoles, and that
she should stop.

Lovey and her family do many things together.

They sit on the back porch picking fleas off of their dogs, squeezes blackheads
off of her mothers back, count all white cows, sing war songs, and pick
macadamia nuts for extra money. A normal Sunday afternoon would be their

Mother smoking Parliaments on the porch of their house, grumbling about
white hairs, and Lovey picking fleas off of their dogs.

Lovey and her sister, Calhoon, goes to
their Aunt Helen\'s on Saturdays while their mother sews leis or cashiers
at the Lei Stand for extra money. They watch the old crazy ladies stand
behind the fence, muttering to themselves. Lovey wants to become pregnant
just like her neighbor Katy is. She secretly dresses up and acts like she
is pregnant. Her mother tells her that it is hard because there is a lot
of pain that comes with labor. Lovey\'s mother gives her an at home perm.

It\'s called a Toni Perm, and it gets messed up bad. Lovey comes out with
an Afro, and Calhoon teases her about it and calls her an Oompah Loompah.

Lovey is given rabbits to breed and take
care off. She loves them very much, but one day the cages are torn open
by wild dogs that kill all the rabbits. To make Lovey feel better, her
father plays home movies, and Calhoon threatens to kill the dogs with their
fathers gun.

Calhoon never lies. She tells Lovey one
day, while they are out hunting, not to shoot the Japanese blue pheasant
or it will haunt her. Calhoon and her Father both have the ghost eye. They
can see ghosts in their house and are drawn to them. Since Lovey killed
the bird, she now is awakened by a ghost that bothers her in the middle
of the night.

Lovey\'s father bought a cow to raise so
that they could kill it, and eat it. Calhoon and Lovey get to attached
to it and name it Bully. One day, the kitchen smells of wild meat. Their
father is cooking hamburgers. After the first bite, none of them can finish
eating it. They realize that it is a Bully burger.

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Everyone at school tease Lovey and Jerry
for being friends. No one understands what they are to each other. They
do have many things in common and are the best of friends. Lovey and Jerry
play Barbie together, and Jerry steals Barbie clothes from his rich cousin,

Ingrid. Jerry\'s brother, Larry, goes into Lovey\'s room one day, and marks
up the Barbie and cuts her hair. Lovey is devastated and they swear to
get even.

Halloween comes, and they go trick-or-treating
at the rich peoples houses on Reed\'s Island. They give out real chocolate,
and lots of candy. Jerry finds a bag full of marijuana in Larry\'s shoe
box under his bed. He brings it over to Lovey\'s and they decide to roll
it and sell it so that they can get money to buy more Barbies that Larry
had