Puerto Rico, in the outer suburbs
Just near where the mountains and the jungle nearly reach the ocean
A new teenager walks along the beach from the hotel with whitewashed villas in the hills behind
He’s sporting a yellow polo golf shirt and some swim trunks….
He walks for what seems like a good ways, it’s a little foggy from a light rain
The palm trees start to thin a little to his side, but the low mist hangs around
small bright spots appear when a small beam breaks through, the shadows are Jupiter atmospheric in the shady heat
He comes to a little beach clearing and some streets, he walks down one
The streets are nearly perfect squares. It’s very quiet, very few people seem to be around.
After just a few blocks he comes to a bar open to the street, he walks in….
Rum & Coke?
pours a glass
It’s just rum…..
How much, que dinero?
holds out hand
hands over a 10
Please…. keep the change
it’s a fairly large glass
for a new teenager
Hey…. Got a smoke?
hands over a few Marlboro Reds
hands over beer
Alright! Thank you…..
Reasalllly gewdzz tsalkking uj
a Catholic schoolgirl on the corner makes a very strange face at him
a man passing by breathes really heavy walking by
It’s fairly hot, maybe 100 degrees or so….
Clear & Sunny
as he goes by a open top street garbage can he puts his head over the hole and vomits into it
dazed he looks up and sees the Catholic schoolgirl pointing at him and speaking with a very hard expression for one unwrinkled
a man taps him on the shoulder, as a street dog barks he wakes up a little
“Hey, you shouldn’t be here…. You could get hurt, especially in your condition”
ehhhh, I did, jk I’m thirsty
“Come with me, I’ll take you to the beach and you follow it back to your hotel before sunset”
Home in the Sunset
Somehow we found him again the next day, or maybe the next