He rolls over and pushes his hair out of his eyes.
He stands and his hair falls back into its original position.
He walks out to the hallway, picks up the phone and says hello.
There's a click, indicating his mother has hung
up the extension. Then he hears "Hello?"
The voice is loud, defensive and belligerent. William
makes a guess about the identity of the caller.
"Hello," says William, "you've reached
the student assistance support line for potential drunk drivers.
On the cusp of committing your first gross misdemeanor? Despair
not! You're talking to a friendly, helpful high school student,
not appreciably different from yourself, who is ready to get out
of bed, drive to wherever you are, and drive you home so that
you don't run the risk of causing a fatality and thereby incurring
higher insurance rates."
"Yes, yes. Name and address, please."
"I ran into a car, man."
"Oh, dear. How did you do that?"
"Dude didn't get out of the way, dude."
"Uh-huh. Is the other driver okay?"
"I don't know."
"Uh, can you take a look?"
"He's not here."
"Okay. Where are you?"
"Did you happen to call 911 yet?"
"Have you been drinking?"
"Um ... "
"Usually, people don't have to think about
their answer to that question."
"Yeah, you don't have to think, or yeah, you
"Man, whose side are you on?"
"Well, let me get this straight. You drink,
get into your car, hit somebody else's car, drive away from the
scene, and only then do you telephone for a student volunteer
who drives drunk teen-agers home. I don't think you're in a state
of mind to really comprehend this, but the person you really should
have called is a lawyer."
"Fuck you, man." Click.
It didn't really happen like that. When star prep football player
Hank Thomason was arrested for driving under the influence, hit
and run, minor in possession and driving while suspended -- and
it was discovered that William had talked to him immediately afterwards
-- William got some phone calls from the prosecutor's office,
wanting to know what Hank had said to him. He also got some phone
calls from Hank, as well as Hank's mother and father, offering
him a bribe if he didn't say anything.
William happily accepted the bribe (a check for
$100 with "services rendered" written in the lower left-hand
corner). He then just as happily informed the prosecutor's office
that he'd been bribed. The prosecutor's office offered not to
charge the parents with bribery if Hank pled guilty to all four
unamended counts. William got so bored being asked what Hank had
said that he invented a new story that presented him in a more
flattering (drier) light.
And the ensuing bribery didn't really happen like
that either. When Mr. Thomason hinted about the bribe, William
didn't understand what he meant and never said anything about
it to the prosecutor's office.
In any event, the prosecutor's office ended up dismissing
the charges against Hank, due to his mother being a clerk in the
mayor's office, and Hank being a star football player and all.
So, the entire episode was pretty mundane -- completely
different from what you've read. The actors involved behaved selfishly
and brutally. And William's involvement was limited to a few stammering
exchanges with Hank, the prosecutor, and Hank's father.