Tangerine Paul's Decisions
By Cora Cravey
Paul chose to tell the truth about Erik's crimes and talk to the police about what really happened with Luis Cruz.This impacted him because by telling the truth, his brother could actually wind up in Jail.When Antoine Thomas told Paul, "Don't spend your life hiding under the bleachers, little brother. The truth shall set you free!" it really inspired Paul to tell the truth instead of keeping it a secret from the cops and even his parents. And when Paul told his brother and Arthur "I saw you kill Luis Cruz" (pg. 254), he knew that all of the problems that Erik created in Paul's life would soon be over and in the past.
Paul chose to help kids in the portables so they don't drown in the mud from the sinkholes even though he could get seriously hurt.Even Gino tells Paul "Mars, my man! Good work out there!" (pg. 81) and is thankful that Paul saved him and everyone else.
Paul decides to help Tino and Victor escape, even though they still got caught, and Paul eventually goes as far as tackling a teacher so they can run away. "My wife thinks they're from his soccer team. The Tangerine Middle School soccer team." (pg. 252) Paul's Dad said. And since Victor and Tino were apart of his team, he felt obligated to stick of for them instead of helping his brother who had never done anything nice for Paul.