Julio

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“He told me $7,000 US dollars,” Rosetta whispered. “Seven thousand dollars and that’s just for Julio. He’s the strongest. He can make the trip. He can send back money. Juan says we have enough money if his useless brother will help what he has saved.”

“Julio has no future here, you know that. You have seen the violence that awaits him. He’s only seven years old and he has seen terrible things already. The coyote says it will be a long trip, but he will protect him.  We have made the decision. He will go!

“It’s his only hope.”

 

 

Don’t Take The Train

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Photo Credit Danny James

I look behind and shout to my family “Hurry up and stay together.”

Being forced to leave your home is not easy.

The hardest part so far was sneaking under the wire fence.

Susan lost her sweater.

Sweaters can be replaced.

When the boat capsized we lost Ramon.

Now that was hard.

Now they want us to board the train.

I remember stories from my history lessons.

Some actually got the water from the showers.

Others didn’t.

“Don’t take the train.”