Is it Because I

talked to Ying last week, and her voice was strong (for half an hour we talked about everything) —

    that I stopped wearing the wooden beads blessed by Father Suarez?

I also stopped wearing

    the silver crucifix that I bought at the Menlo Park Connoisseur’s Marketplace in July
    (the one I swore never to take off until I saw Ying again).

It broke a few days ago: the chain snagged on the branch of a shrub and snapped, just as I was bending down to weed (I remember I had cuts all up and down my forearms that day).

When I call Ying today, her voice is very weak. She says, this woman who never lies,
she tells me:

“I asked your Mom to come, and to bring Franco.”

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