A little boy with the peculiar name Poeta (Poet) is desperate for the friendship of Franta Prskavec, a country boy who knows how to cope with every situation. Poeta is trying to cross over a stream on a log, a task that Franta has set him as a condition for calling him Tom instead of Poeta, and the little boys hopes that then he will also be able to call himself Prskavec and be almost like his brother. For the moment he prefers to crawl across the log on all fours. A girl with an apple laughs at Tom's claim that Franta is his brother - everybody knows the little boy's parents, a professor and an engineer, and the strange name they have given him. Finally the girl hits him on the nose. The emotionally deprived boy would rather belong to Franta's mother, an ordinary warm-hearted countrywoman. Another little girl is trying on a black veil and casually tells Tom that there will be a funeral - Franta has drowned. The boy is sad but his elegant mother and cold father regard his explanation as just more make-believe. After all, he has no brother so he couldn't have to lose one. Tom talks to Franta's mother and offers to go and see her every day, but the kind woman doesn't want to take him away from his mother. Tom falls asleep in the grass and in a half-wakeful state sees his parents crossing the stream on the log...
William Saroyan (Billův bratr /Bill McGees's Brother/ – povídka)