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"The Season of Styx Malone" by Kekla Magoon, Chapters 1–6

January 10, 2019
During one action-packed summer, brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene team up with smooth schemer Styx Malone in an attempt to escape their small town.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–6, Chapters 7–14, Chapters 15–23, Chapters 24–37, Chapters 38–54

Here are links to our lists for other works by Kekla Magoon: X: A Novel, The Rock and the River
cardinal
It all started the moment I broke the cardinal rule of the Franklin household: Leave well enough alone.
chortle
“You’ll have to do better than that,” Cory chortled from on high.
loom
And yet the boy on the table and the bag in his hands loomed larger than life up there.
whim
I would do whatever it took to become Cory Cormier’s right-hand man, doling out fireworks at my whim.
servitude
We stood at the edge of the rippling scrum, shouting offers. Anything we could think of. Loans and favors and involuntary servitude.
beefy
He held her aloft with his beefy arms and sniffed.
jostle
His words nearly got lost in the jostle of the crowd, which had turned to trying to barter with me now that I had the prize.
waft
The hideous stench wafting up from Susie’s backside would surely be a deal-breaker.
enormity
The enormity of our recent stupidity washed over me.
slink
We slunk inside.
threadbare
The couch was a threadbare blue stripey thing, with cushions flattened from long use.
sprawl
Bobby Gene went sprawling.
convulse
Bobby Gene’s throat convulsed in silent outrage.
splay
He looked like a starfish, with his legs splayed and his elbows flailing.
flail
He looked like a starfish, with his legs splayed and his elbows flailing.
dire
If the situation hadn’t been so dire, I’d have been laughing at the freaked-out look on his face.
lanky
His lanky arms fell to his sides, harmless.
bottom line
Bottom line: Cory was exactly the kind of boy you’d expect to be caught auctioning off a massive bag of probably stolen fireworks.
shrewd
“Listen, that was a shrewd deal.” Styx looked impressed. “You gave up nothing and got something major in return.”
enunciate
“No, a me-di-a-tor,” Styx repeated, enunciating the syllables.
subtlety
Bobby Gene was not known for his subtlety.
eloquent
Styx’s expression turned eloquent. We soon learned that meant he was about to speechify us.
mediate
“Look, here’s the deal. You stash the sack. In an hour, I’ll come mediate your dispute with Cormier. Consider it handled. Then you’ll owe me, right? So we’ll sell or trade off the fireworks and share the proceeds. The stuff we get in return.”
proceeds
“Look, here’s the deal. You stash the sack. In an hour, I’ll come mediate your dispute with Cormier. Consider it handled. Then you’ll owe me, right? So we’ll sell or trade off the fireworks and share the proceeds. The stuff we get in return.”
interject
“Wait, what’s the split?” Bobby Gene interjected, proving he wasn’t born yesterday.
transgression
This was unlikely to be one of those times when our parents issued a punishment and then forgot to follow through on it. That was for minor transgressions.
deploy
Mom deployed her drill sergeant voice.
hardy
The things we grew best were pretty hardy: tomatoes, squash and carrots.
whorl
From up here I could see detail down to the whorl of brown hair on top of Cory’s head.
scrabble
I skittered and scrabbled, trying to stay upright.

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