Mr. Elway and his partners approached little Eli. With their father Archie gone, Peyton had been the breadwinner. “Peyton is old and we all knew this day was coming, Eli,” Elway informed the young boy. “He’s in pain and there’s no hope for him now. He’s suffering.”
Peyton was howling from his cage. He was old. He was suffering. Eli saw Mr. Elway come out of the house with a gun in his hand. Finally realizing what Mr. Elway intended to do, Eli ran toward Peyton’s cage and climbed up to reach its latch. “ELI GET DOWN FROM THERE,” Mr. Elway called out. Eli climbed down from the cage, his Dunkin’ Donuts Blue Razz Coolatta™ filled with tears.
Mr. Elway shooed Eli away and raised his rifle. Before he could pull the trigger, he heard a whimpering “Waaait.”
It was Eli.
“He’s my brother. I’ll do it,” Eli said, courage shining through his fear. “I’m the man of the house now.”
Finally out of his brother’s shadow, Eli became the man of the house. Next season, he threw 100 touchdowns. All of them were long bombs.