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PUERTO BARRIOS, GT—She knew wherepower came from. How the chord madeit bright once plugged into her wall. If shereally thought about it, the outlet looked likea frightened porcelain doll, or a gringo.
She knew they couldn’t keep buying gas forthe generator. Not if the price kept increasing.
There must be an easier way.
Soon, mijo, we will run & slide on a longwater sidewalk, somewhere where people don’tpump water from a well.
¿Will it hurt? Her kid asked.
Noooo, it’s made of plastic, a soft river, likea creek, we’ll run up, & slide belly first withother kids.
Woahhh. Her kid said.
What a magical place. What a brightplace with lightbulbs, streetlamps, neon, &spotlights for the latest movie premiere. Aplace with fountains, fire hydrants, swimmingpools, & hot tubs.
Yes, you can slide & slide even at night,under a fake moon of lights, under a bulletproof sky.