This year there was something to cheer about with Billy Langstrom.
Dean had watched Billy play high school basketball the past winter.
I tried to make a photographer out of my godson Billy, but I'm afraid at his age there are a lot more interesting things to do, and they all have female names.
"I don't like to spread rumors," Westlake continued, "but his mother tells me our Billy is going to be a father."
The young man sulked in, humbled in hoops by high school star Billy Langstrom.
He couldn't help but compare the situation to Billy Langstrom's.
He hoped Billy and his betrothed had something.
First that Billy, than my own son!
Cynthia's speech about Billy Langstrom seemed as old as the Gettysburg Address, but far less remembered.
Young Billy Langstrom came by for Pumpkin, his newfound friend, announced by the absence of a muffler on his bright red Jeep.
Billy Langstrom, behind the wheel of a red Jeep similar to but older than Deans', honked from across the street.
If Billy didn't have her locked up, I'd take a shot myself!
I'll ask Billy Langstrom.
"By the sound of it, Billy didn't use condoms," Cynthia muttered.
Pumpkin's friend Billy might have heard.
I wanted to ask Billy about teenage partying.
"I'll tell Billy you want to talk to him, when I see him tomorrow—if he's still talking to me," Pumpkin said.
"I hope it works for Billy Langstrom's girlfriend," Cynthia said.
He wanted to make sure he had time to hook up with Billy Langstrom and question the young man, whom he knew would be there.
He kept an eye out for Billy Langstrom, whom he still hoped to talk to, but he spotted neither him nor Pumpkin Green in the crowd.
He'd be at the head of the hose, like Pumpkin and Billy Langstrom over there.
He changed the subject by pointing out Brandon Westlake standing near the boys, his arm about Billy, as with animated motions he seemed to be giving last-minute instructions.
It was impossible for Dean to get close enough to Billy to question him.
A young girl—not Melissa—rushed up to Billy and hugged him like a war bride.
In spite of all I said, his and Jen's baby has a lot better future than Billy Langstrom's.
Billy Langstrom's body stared out from beneath the overturned Jeep, eyes open, a look of mixed surprise and horror on his young face as he lay in a pool of darkening blood.
He was peppered with questions from the rescuers, many of whom he recognized, but he held responses to a negative shake of his head and Billy Langstrom's name.
He changed into a clean shirt as he briefly described hearing the accident, climbing down to investigate and discovering Billy Langstrom's body.
He tried to formulate a non-accusatory question but the image of Billy Langstrom's crushed body kept getting in the way.
How do you think Billy was killed?
Dean could tell by the look on her face that Lydia wanted to forget about Billy Langstrom and the accident, but she answered.
He was happy to be out of the dining room where Brandon Westlake and Pumpkin Green, both distraught over Billy Langstrom's death, were pressing Dean for details.
Dean had no intention of specifically mentioning Billy Langstrom, though the young man's death was on everyone's mind.
Billy Langstrom died last night with alcohol in his car.
Last night she risked her life climbing down a precipitous cliff in total darkness in an effort to save Billy Langstrom.
No. Pumpkin told me Billy asked him to buy booze, but he refused.
"Someone bought the bottle for Billy," Cynthia said.
That supports the suspicion that Billy and some of his friends were the ones who broke into the mine and first discovered the bones.
Their joint realization that no one would ever speak with Billy Langstrom again was sobering.
Billy found the bones.
They were Fitzgerald's papa's and he killed Billy to stop him from testifying!
His thoughts wandered to Billy Langstrom's love-widow Melissa, now absent even those precious two commodities with which to face the world.
Then there was Fitzgerald, Dean's prime candidate for any nefarious act, most notably some involvement in Billy Langstrom's death.
He's the illegitimate son of Josh 'Bones' Mulligan and he killed Billy Langstrom to shut him up!
You're just as mad at him because you think he hung you out to dry when he didn't answer your call the night Billy was killed.
What does all that nonsense have to do with vodka or Billy Langstrom?
I think Billy Langstrom was killed because someone chased him down the mountain.
I'm interested in how Billy Langstrom died.
While Pumpkin Green was not at this week's mass, or probably any other service within miles of Ouray, Billy Langstrom's partner in love Melissa attended.
Remember, she doesn't know anyone else is aware of her behavior the night Billy was killed.
So now he's suggesting I chased Billy down the mountain until he went over the side!
He can't prove you chased Billy down the mountain any better than you can prove he did.
If he could only be sure it wasn't Lydia who'd chased Billy Langstrom down the mountain, siren screaming, to his rolling, crushing death.
They both agreed it was further evidence that he was involved in the death of Billy Langstrom, but they remained uncertain about his involvement with Martha's bones.
I can't prove why you caused Billy Langstrom's death but I know you chased him off the road and I think I know why.
I'm right by where Billy Langstrom went over the side and I can read you loud and clear.
Where the pools are bright and deep, Where the gray trout lies asleep, Up the river and o'er the lea, That's the way for Billy and me.
Where the mowers mow the cleanest, Where the hay lies thick and greenest, There to trace the homeward bee, That's the way for Billy and me.
Where the hazel bank is steepest, Where the shadow falls the deepest, Where the clustering nuts fall free, That's the way for Billy and me.
But this I know, I love to play In the meadow, among the hay-- Up the water, and o'er the lea, That's the way for Billy and me.
Within less than two minutes, Billy saw Mary Green whispering, and she had to take his place.
Billy Langstrom and his girlfriend—that's different.
First, Tommy Jones whispered to Billy Brown and was at once called out to stand on the floor.
You know Billy Langstrom?