Sep/Oct 2018 • Vol. XL No. 5 Fiction |

The American President’s Visit

The news about the American president’s visit had just been broadcast when the balcony across the street fell off the face of the building. The railing dislodged from the wall in spastic increments, slanting to one side, before pieces of cement crumbled onto the sidewalk below. A large portion of the base inexplicably hung on, refusing to surrender to gravity’s will. People on the street dispersed in alarm. They looked up and stretched their arms, forming a perimeter the children going to school could not pass. Then the metal screeched. A moment of silence followed as the structure plummeted: it hit the ground in one majestic, scattering blast. Twirling clouds of dust puffed upwards, the debris smattering the asphalt like bullets sprayed from a machine gun. Reyna wondered if, in other parts of the world, this was what urban warfare sounded like. It had happened the week before. The neighbors had gathered around the rubble, more out of boredom than curiosity. Some of the youn

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Dariel Suarez
Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer and one of the city of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows. He holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University and is currently the head of faculty and curriculum at GrubStreet. Dariel has completed a novel and story collection, both set in his native country.

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