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41. Johnny Slide, chapter 2

Johnny Slide was not his real name. When his parents, whoever they were, left him at the orphanage, they called him Raymond De Bonneur. Brother Maynard told him it meant “happiness,” in French, like he was blessed or destined to it. He just knew it was a dopey name, that it wasn’t him. None of the other boys knew who they were either. He had endured the years of not knowing that make up orphanage life, and when he finally shouldered his way out onto the street, he became Johnny, and Slide just eased up to the end and stuck.