Chacho: Part 3

(Note: due to formatting issues I couldn’t resolve, I strongly recommend reading on a laptop or tablet instead of a phone.) It had been three weeks, but my leg still ached. I sat in my leather armchair, having found a comfortable spot where the stuffing wasn’t too lumpy or the springs too jagged, and kicked […]

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Chacho: Part 2

(Note: due to formatting issues I couldn’t resolve, I strongly recommend reading on a laptop or tablet instead of a phone.) It had been about three months since we first met Señor Hablando, the Talking Man. He never gave us a name, but was prone to babbling to us or to himself – or to […]

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Chacho: Part 1

(Note: due to formatting issues I couldn’t resolve, I strongly recommend reading on a laptop or tablet instead of a phone.) The rain pounded. Metallic staccato rhythms quickly gave way to a thunderous deluge as the sky fell upon the ridged aluminum sheet held up by overturned boxes. Huddled under the sheet, which sufficed to […]

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Warm Cookies on a Cold Night

“You ready, Betty?” I hear my friend Alexa call from the other room. “Almost, give me a second!” I struggle with the plastic wrap, pulling one more layer over my plate of cookies. “Let’s go see the fire trucks!” Alexa says. I pick up the cookies and hurry into the front room, where Alexa waits […]

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Three Journal Entries

3 October, 2005 Today I met Kaif, a boy down the street! He’s nine, a whole year older than me! But our birthdays are close. We played football together with his old ball. He needs a new one, this one has patches holding it together. It was still fun, though! We’re gonna play more tomorrow! […]

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Separados

“¡Buen dia, Mamá!” I say as I sit down at the table. “Buen dia, hijito.” Mamá hands me a bowl and a box of Froot Loops. Mi hermano has a bowl in front of him, too, but his cereal is getting soggy. His spoon rests forgotten in his hand as he stares at el televisión. […]

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