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By Karlo Yeager Rodríguez | https://www.khoreomag.com/author/karlo-yeager-rodriguez/ | Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
Edited by Aleksandra Hill || Narrated by - || Produced by Lian Xia Rose
Death of a child
3850 words

For longer than I could remember, we had been Lázaro and Marta. We should have been celebrating our ninth birthday together. 

Instead, my twin brother was laid out on our table. He looked so small and still and pale: the silent point around which our family and neighbors swirled, dancing and singing and laughing. Abuela Trini held me in her lap and cradled my head in the crook of her arm. Her reedy hum meandered through the cuatro music until my tears dried and my sobs shrank to hiccups.

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Karlo Yeager Rodríguez is originally from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico, but moved to the Baltimore area some years ago where he now lives with his wife and one odd dog. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Speculative Fiction for Dreamers, Seize the Press, and is forthcoming in Pseudopod.
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