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The Holly Trifecta

Three short stories specifically written for religious magazines. This is my early work where I was trying to figure out this writing thing. Decades later, I still haven't figured it out. I got paid for these stories but I returned the money to the nuns. The Dominican Sisters of Hope work with the needed in skid row. I’m sure the money can be put to better use by them than by me.

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Copyright 2012 José Rodríguez

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The Tomato King

by José Rodríguez

Published in St. Joseph’s Messenger and Advocate of the Blind magazine, Jersey City, NJ, summer 1994.

An abandoned concrete mixer, its corroded steel skin blotched by dry and gray concrete scales, stood amidst a field of waist-high weeds. Construction rubble and dilapidated machinery, all relics of my father's trade, jutted their wretched shapes over the shrubbery like ruins from deceased civilizations. I advanced, carefully parting the shrubs while searching for the remains of Mister López's once beautiful garden. Not much was left; an occasional wild tomato grew under the shade of the bushes, meandering across the ground, its fruit touching it and rotting before having time to mature. Mister López would have never allowed his tomatoes to rot like that.

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