Summer 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 2004 |

Abejas Rubias

. . . Strange? Well, no, the man's voice on the other end of the line answered. Then he paused and asked again if Pérez was certain that they were coming from a crack in an outside wall. Yes, he answered, a crack in the outside wall on the west side of the house. Low to the ground? the voice asked. Yes. Relatively low. Relative to what, Professor Pérez the voice asked. Pérez, Pérez corrected. And because Pérez had no answer, he found he agreed to be home when the voice said that it would come within the next couple of hours. Of course, later, immediately after that summer, and for a very long time after that, Calisto Pérez would find himself wanting things tidy, exact. Listo only to family and friends he had left behind in Miami; Listo, to Amparo, his former fiancée, who refused to move north of South Beach; upstate New York was unthinkable for her—a woman with auburn hair that he could only remember as luxuriant and graceful as sea fronds—

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H. G. Carrillo is the author of Loosing My Espanish, a novel, published by Pantheon Books and in paperback by Anchor Books. His short stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Ninth Letter, Slice and other journals and publications. Carrillo lives in Washington, DC, where he is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at George Washington University. He is currently at work on a novel.

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