Fiction

The Valley of the Butterflies

“Mother, I want a dog,” says Julián. “We already have a dog,” his mother replies. Julián is standing by the kitchen window. His mother is at the kitchen bench grinding saffron threads in her dark green mortar to add to Saturday’s beef stew. “It is Father’s dog.” “It is our dog, like our cows, our horse, our land …” “She does not like me.” “She is a very sensitive dog.” “I don’t care.” “She may have saved your life once.” He has not forgotten the bright red eyes of the big feral cat, wounded and pursued by several dogs as…

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