A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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River Reyes is the pseudonym of an author who writes about small creatures, weird ecologies, big landscapes, and the people who love them.
These were strange and intoxicating expeditions. At the cliff-lined ends of forest-service roads or the edges of muddy cattle tanks, or in the cricket-loud groves where saguaros gave way to oaks, I would help stretch nets on moonless evenings. Bats fluttered into the thin weave and were trapped, toothy and screaming.