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By Jason Pangilinan | https://www.khoreomag.com/author/jasonpa/ | Jason Pangilinan
Edited by Zhui Ning Chang || Narrated by - || Produced by -
References to ICE/deportation
5000 words

Leon was a rock. Sometimes. Other times, he was a horse. At times, a cloud. Never an idea, like the economy. Never a feeling.

  Leon was a lot of things, sometimes.

  This time, he was a rock, in a small pile of rocks, on a mountain (big pile of rocks). And what a pleasant pile of rocks it was—below him, everyone was supportive, like the heavy angular slab. Above, everyone depended on him, like the round skipping stone. He was not being used by anyone so much as he was being useful.

  Here, he found peace.  Until Peace found him.

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Jason Pangilinan is based in Central Jersey and writes magical realism about colonialism, identity, and the work-life relationship. When he is not writing, he works in senior living, eats poorly, and desperately searches online for videos on how to fix appliances around his house as they slowly fail one by one, reminding him of his own mortality. He has previously been published in Parhelion Literary Magazine.
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