It is with extreme pleasure and honor that I have Magaly and AlmaMia use my blog to let all of you hear of this wonderful, rich, soul filled work of fiction. Thank you Magaly for being a part of my heart.
Querida Oma Linda,
I’m the protagonist of “AlmaMia Cienfuegos: a Story of Blood, Scars and Nightmares,” and I’m nine-years-old. I’m writing from El Monte, Dominican Republic in 1993. Miss Magaly, my writer and the translator of this letter, said fiction is magic that will help my words travel through time and to you.
I had to write to apologize. People might think this is pretty special for me because I don’t really like saying sorry. But that’s not true. I say sorry when things are my fault. When they aren’t, like that time when I shaved Soledad’s eyebrow after she was mean to me, then I’m not sorry, so I don’t say it. Soledad is my big sister, and she isn’t very nice. She is always trying to steal a charm bracelet Mamabuela gave me, but I won’t let her…
Translator’s note: AlmaMia went on and on about different bracelet stealing moments, which were spoilers. I apologize for having to remove them. AlmaMia understood my reasons.
I don’t understand why Miss Magaly deleted part of my letter. I thought those moments were important. You see, Soledad… (Sorry, had to cut her off again.)
This letter is not to tell you things about my big sister, Señora Oma Linda. I just wanted to say sorry for some things I said to Miss Magaly about you. You see, I was telling her how Mamabuela is the best grandmother in the world. She taught me to care for our chickens, to tend our garden, she planted a mango tree that’s my happy place, and she gave me three charms for my bracelet—a frog, a book and a skull—that protect me from scary things.
It is easy to see that Mamabuela is the greatest grandmother in the universe, right? That’s why I got really angry when Miss Magaly said that YOU, Señora Oma Linda, were as great as my Mamabuela. I didn’t talk to Miss Magaly for days. I didn’t care that she was the one who wrote me; no one is as great as my grandmother.
Then Miss Toledo, my homeschool teacher and the smartest librarian in the universe, said that she read about you and that you are amazing. Miss Toledo told me you have two grandchildren. She thought I would like RyLeigh and GereaKaye, so she let me read things you wrote about them.
Can you tell your grandkids that I really like their names? They have big letters, in between, like my name. When I was reading about them, in your computer page, I saw why Miss Magaly said you were great like Mamabuela. You know a lot of stuff, you have pretty gray hair, your yard is full of animals, you have a garden, and you protect RyLeigh and GereaKaye from bad things.
So I’m sorry for saying that you weren’t great. Now I know you are. And I know all grandparents aren’t good people, but RyLeigh, GereaKaye, and I are very lucky. Our grandmothers are magical creatures who would do anything for us.
I wanted to write more, but Miss Magaly said this was getting too long already. Maybe one day I’ll write you a letter about Miss Magaly. You see, she annoys me sometimes. And I… (I’m terribly sorry, again. Must end things here; AlmaMia is getting, um… mouthy.)
Oma Linda, thanks so much for having me; you are the greatest ;-) And those of you who want to learn more about AlmaMia Cienfuegos, the people who love her and the things that scare her, visit my writing site, where you’ll find an excerpts and posts about the spunky girl.
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Magaly Guerrero writes, reads, and dreams dark fiction. She is the author of Pagan Culture, a blog about everyday life through the eyes of a dark fiction writer. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and at www.magalyguerrero.com.