Micronovela «Gracias» parte 2

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Parte 2: Mi primera visita a Gracias.

Mi primera visita a Gracias fue extraña y desconcertante. Tenían al hermano loco amarrado y escondido en un cuarto. El travesti vestía como si fuese un hombre de verdad. El malandro me dijo que era un maestro de escuela. La lesbiana estaba hermosa porque se pintó los labios y usó falda. La prostituta me dijo que era bailarina. Los padres por primera vez en su vida habían dejado de beber alcohol y la hermana María, la que es mantenida, estaba pintando la casa con el marido. Ese día conocí a la tía de Gracias que era profesora graduada de la Misión Sucre. Y por eso, era una triste chavista. Después de saludar a todos, salí a comprar una caja de cervezas y la gente me miraba como si fuera un extraterrestre. Me destaqué como un pez fuera del agua mientras que sus miradas estaban tristes y hambrientas. Recuerdo que la esposa del hombre que me vendió la caja de cervezas ilícitamente, estaba dentro de la casa atada a una silla de ruedas, y gritaba como si hubiese visto al diablo. Ese día, escuché hablar de Ramón, el ex novio de Gracias, muy conocido como «Rasguñon»  que tenía una fama de rasguñar a las mujeres por la espalda, causándole heridas como si fuese su marca personal. Después de que hice la compra, regresé a la casa de Gracias y todos estaban felices de verme de nuevo, pero yo estaba inocente del mundo oscuro que me acechaba más allá de lo que había podido notar.

English version

Part 2 – My first visit to Gracias


My first visit to Gracias was strange and disconcerting.
They had the crazy brother tied up and hidden in a room, the transvestite dressed like a man that day, the thug told me he was an educator, the lesbian looked beautiful with a skirt and painted lips, the promiscuous one was dancing away as if her life depended on it, the parents had miraculously stopped drinking alcohol and the cool sister was painting the house with her husband.
That same day, I met her Aunt too – she was an educator that had graduated from the Sucre Mission, but unfortunately she was still just another sheep following the herd.
After first greeting Gracias, I went out to buy a case of beers and people stared at me as if I were an alien – I stood out like a sore thumb adorning opulence while their gazes were opaque and hungry.
I remember that the man who sold me the contraband beers from his front door, had a wife inside who was bound to her wheel-chair while she was desperately screaming that she had encountered the devil.
That day I also heard about Ramon; who was Gracias’ ex-boyfriend, but they called him «Raguñon» since he had a reputation for ravaging women from behind and leaving telltale scratches on their back – as if he were marking them.
After buying the case of beers, I returned to Gracia’s house and everyone was very happy to see me again. I was oblivious of the dark world that was lurking beyond the obvious.

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Gracias es una mujer hermosa que vive en un barrio de San Juan de los Morros en Venezuela. Es madre de dos hijos, tiene seis hermanos de los cuales ella es la mayor y ha tenido la responsabilidad de criarlos a todos, ya que sus padres son alcohólicos.

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