“He wishes he could tell Sukrov how, although he liked the work and the growing balance in his bank account from the beginning, he hadn’t felt content his first few weeks out here. The guys who are in the construction crew are great but the ones who aren’t married are into the bar and brawl scene, and he was looking for more than that, something that would help ease the ache he still feels when he let his mind drift back to what happened two year ago in Nova Scotia. It was Frank who suggested he try filling his free time with the kind of work he’d done in Halifax a year ago.”
Although this is not significant to the story I found it to be an interesting and enlightening passage, it introduces Reefs character and what he believes in. Reef seems to have a troubled past that has allowed him to grow but not quite move on. In this passage it seems as though Reef dislikes tough guys who can get him into trouble, this may be due to his past experiences, which is vaguely mentioned here. Reef has clearly travelled quite a distance, as he says “what happened two years ago in Nova Scotia”. The story presently takes place in Calgary, this was thought provoking and pushed me to wonder what reasons may have made Reef want to move.
“Reef looks down at Greg Matheson who smiles with encouragement. “Some’ a you may remember seein’ in the news a couple years ago a story about a seventeen year old who threw a rock off an overpass into traffic. It caused an accident that nearly killed one’a drivers. She ended up in a coma for three weeks and then went through months of painful surgeries ’n’ rehabilitation learnin’ to walk again, learnin’ to do all the things the rest of us take for granted every day.” He takes a deep breath. “I was the guy who threw that rock.””
This is a crucial part of the story, it explains everything we have been reading about thus far. This passage discusses the extent of the women’s injuries and is a lens into the guilt that Reef feels for the accident. Reef senses an obligation to admit what he had done to the public even though he did not have to. The reason for Reef coming out about his past with Leeza and the rock was because he felt it was a form of respect to Frank. This is also very important passage because it connects the things that happened to Leeza with Reef tying the two characters together. This also shows exactly how troubled Reef was. Though Reef speaks about his past a lot he never goes into too much detail of what exactly he did up until this point. This passage also shows how much Reef has changed over time. Two years ago he was willing to take the life of a seventeen year old girl away without caring at all, now he can barely talk about it without choking up.
“She tries to force herself to be friendlier sometimes but even casual relationships seem unnatural to her now, like she’s learning the steps to a complicated dance and she’s always one beat behind. In conversation, she finds herself always asking people questions and, during their replies, thinking up something else to ask, afraid of a lull that might focus attention on her. She dislikes telling people what she really thinks, how she really feels. Brett is her only friend who sees through her, won’t let her get away with saying nothing, but even with her it isn’t easy. Like today.”
I feel as though this passage really introduces Leeza’s character. The accident which happened because of Reef not only physically wounded her but emotionally as well. I believe Reef was not only the perpetuator to her accident but a person she carried emotional relations with. Leeza must have been romantically interested in Reef because she mentions how much he understood her throughout the story and how heartbroken she is. I believe Leeza is finding it hard to move past the accident, she seems to still carry some resentment towards Reef. I think this is mostly due to the feelings she has for Reef. It would have been easier for her to move past her accident if she wasn’t so emotionally hurt.