Millions of years ago there had been an abundance of minerals under Kak’s feet mixed with and obscuring the quartz. The entire beach had been brown, even this high. Wind and wave patiently assaulted it, pulverized it, broke it down in an eternal war. But the quartz was so resistant to the bombardment of the…
A gust of wind snatched up the drawing, lifting it high and out of reach. Rudy chased it but the gust carried it into the water. He brought it back, soaked, the pencil marks smudged irreparably. His mother held the limp paper up against the sunlight, carefully shaking out the wrinkles. She pasted it flat…
Kak shrank in her chair. Mama Zamira had seen them. Well. Not them. She’d seen Rudy. Here she came, nothing like the Zamira that Kak had left at the Southernmost Point. This Zamira beamed. She rushed up to Rudy and threw her arms around his neck, squeezing him tight. “I’m so sorry about your father,”…
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Max hadn’t so much as cleared his throat. Rudy gave him an approving nod, wondering how long the older man stood there waiting to be noticed. Rudy didn’t know Max’s last name. If not for the white stitching in the blue patch on Max’s grey work shirt, he wouldn’t have known his first. Click the…
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