The white-with-red-trim Chevy Apache-3100 lurched and bucked as it careened between the ruts of the two-track road leading away from the ranch house and over the divide to the ram's pasture a few miles away. Pappy was driving and we were in the back. Leaning out from the bed of the pickup, with fingers clenched tightly around the cuff of a sleeve, I cast the jacket over the side and out into the sea of grass, then quickly reeled in the catch: the reproductive efforts of Stipa comata know also as needle-and-thread grass and spear-grass. My older sister eyed me with contempt as I carefully plucked the awns from the denim and reloaded my quiver with a new arsenal of darts.
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