1. He lights another mortar and the dog runs after it barking and trying to bite it he grabs it's back leg as the sky lights up since he had barely thought to look over and the words around here don't reach his mind his ears defective as they are. He says something with his hands something foreign to me but six people watching laugh and so do I.
2. His wife sits with her sons her stomach wide with their third another boy she's gotten so used to talking with her hands that her voice is rusty and her vocabulary limited but she's here as much as the rest sitting and laughing and having a good time.
3. The owner of the house sits off the side in the nicest lawn chair here a cup in her hand we've quit counting how many drinks she's had but she only drinks a couple days a year and nobody is giving her any problems and she seems to be able to be her normal self. She had been questioning me earlier today seeing if I was really a good guy testing whether she'd have to sit at the table with a shotgun every time I spent any time with her niece.
4. Her husband is launching his own collection of mortars off with his brother while her brother-in-law hands the teens the novelties I launch off a dozen flowers and a few spinny things. She occasionally breaks her fingers away from mine to launch off a flower, smokebomb or firecracker and occasionally runs over to poke-chop her uncle who keeps talking to the fireworks. She always comes back and we'll wander by her mom and stepdad (the latter always throws in some sort of comment so we act careful around him) and over to her cousins or toward her aunt and roommate. Occasionally we'll have to get something from the house and we sneak three kisses but we mostly just stay in each others arms keeping each other warm in the almost warm 4th of July night our hands both entwined one of our heads always on the others shoulder and in all the craziness all the family drama everything is perfect and she's smiling so hard her cheeks keep hurting and she keeps telling me how little sleep she's gonna get and I tell her I ain't gonna be able to sleep at all