Bless Me, Ultima
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orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . .
. We watched in silence at the beauty and grandeur of the great
fish. Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to
his breast as the golden carp glided by. Then with a switch of his
powerful tail the golden carp disappeared into the shadowy water
under the thicket.
Why did Lupito die? Why do you allow the evil of the Trementinas?
Why did you allow Narciso to be murdered when he was doing good?
. . . A thousand questions pushed through my mind, but the Voice
within me did not answer. . . . The mass was ending, the fleeting
mystery was already vanishing.
tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength
that resides in the human heart.
bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful,
Antonio. Always have the strength to live. Love life, and if despair
enters your heart, look for me in the evenings when the wind is
gentle and the owls sing in the hills. I shall be with you—
two days we would celebrate the mass of the dead, and after mass
we would take her body to the cemetery in Las Pasturas for burial.
But all that would only be the ceremony that was prescribed by custom.
Ultima was really buried here. Tonight.
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