“The Whole Sky Full of Stars” By: Rene Saldana,Jr. Brandy Satterfield.
Alby and Barry are best friends and Barry does a little boxing on the side sometimes , there is a Man o’ Might competition coming up for boxers and Alby wants to but Barry in it because he thinks he can win the prize money. Alby wants to split it sixty-forty for being his manager, heavy on Barry’s head of course. This is revealing at some points Alby can be little selfish because he’s not really worried about if Barry can get hurt or not he’s just worried about the money. Barry on the other hand is not a careless person he is worried about if he may or may not get hurt in this competition & he does want to leave his mother since she has just lost her husband (his father) about a year ago. He is also thinking about if he does win this money it will help his mother out a lot with the finances since they are having a very hard time with them .
“Ciro was a loan shark, giving guys at school a month to pay him back without interest, and if they didn’t they would get another month but this time with 15% tacked on . Always there was the threat of a beating from Ciro’s thugs” (p.6)
Alby played a game of poker with a few guys from his school who aren’t so nice or friendly , basically just the wrong crowd to be around. Alby ended up losing the game so now he owes thee “leader of the pack” $500 dollars and if he doesn’t get the money to him in a month he will get jumped. This is showing Alby is irresponsible by just gambling all of his money away not even thinking about things like , what if I lose this game and all of my money ? What other money do I have after that ? Am I even going to be able to pay him if I lose ?
People at Barry’s school found out about how he was going to fight in the competition and he was afraid his teachers and principal would find out and afraid of what everyone was going to say. Revealing that Barry is a worrisome person wondering about what people were saying and if the teachers and principal knew and what they thought about him and the decisions he was making.
Barry couldn’t figure out what Alby had been up to , talking to guys that he usually didn’t (a bad crowd) ,didn’t know why Alby still claimed to not know what the reward for winning was, and him not even being around during the competition. Then Barry finally figured it out, Alby had been betting on fights behind Barry’s back and he knew all along the prize for winning was only a hundred dollars. This reveals Alby doesn’t seem to be a very good friend by lying to him , keeping things from him,& doing things behind his back, meanwhile its because all he is worried about is the money, not their friendship.