An Adventure of Anh
One time there was a female named Anabeth Garza. She was nearing thirty-five; she was pondering her life, considering death. She walked late in the night to a closed fairground. So dark was the night, so quit in its loneliness, the moon lit her way, albeit.
As she found her way to the monkey-sized puppet in a box, she noticed a small orange bulb in the lower back of the “vending mechanism” to still be on. “Anh” inspected the back of the large box, noticed it was not plugged in. “The machine must have stored energy from a busy night,” Anh thought to herself, “That or it is magical.”
She reached into her pockets thinking she just may, by some crazed off-chance, have a coin. She did not. She looked below the machine and found one. She deposited the coin in the machine and the small monkey spun around in a glowing light. The monkey was well-dressed, as if ready for dancing on a stage. It looked directly to Anh and said, “No one is looking. What is your tentative wish?”
“‘Tentative’,” Anh thought to herself. This was sure to be some form of hard-to-appreciate fun adventure. “I want to be 12,” was the only thing she could think to say. She said it before the monkey’s glow disseminated, and warped immediately to small school in Southern Mexico.
“This is a run-down heap,” she thought to herself, as she was surrounded by Mexican students in a classroom with a chalkboard and a clock on the wall. “They have a clock,” she noticed. “Es ocho,” said the teacher, starting class at 8. Anh only spoke English, though she may have known a few words from the Spanish language.
The day was sure to be an adventure. Anh noticed that the other students mostly kept to themselves or distracted each other; she could stay mostly quite and say only a few words like “Si” and “No.” Lunch came and they all ate beans and rice with milk. Anh was surprised that the small meal hit the spot. Recess came.
During recess, Anh played on the swings with another young girl she sat next to and was close to from class. They were swinging and not saying much. Anh noticed, across the playground, a larger, heavy-set boy was taunting a boy and a girl. Anh instinctively went over to see why. The boy did not have much of a reason, appeared to Anh to be being mean for no real cause.
Anh tapped the boy on the shoulders and he turned to her as if he knew all about it. “Leave them be or I will beat the breaks off of you,” said Anh. The larger boy pushed Anh and she fell to the ground. Her friend begun to run from the swings to where Anh was to try to stop her. “Anh!” she cried, “Do not do it!” Anh stood without brushing off her nice outfit, leaped into the blow she delivered to the bully, landing the blow with the lower part of her palm. She made contact to his brow directly between his eyes, hearing his skull crack.
Anh landed on her feet, ready to see what the big boy was going to do, as he fell to the ground crying with blackened eyes. Anh’s friend caught up with her and Anh apologized by saying, “Lo-ciento.” Her “amiga” was disappointed, though somehow understood. Their instructor found them and Anh endured meeting the principle of the small Mexican school. He was bilingual, said that she should have informed the instructor and to conduct her actions differently next time.
Anh agreed, hoping the bully learned his lesson. She warped back to the puppet in time to see light condense from its immense brightness to a small glowing orange bulb. The monkey looked as though it went to sleep. “Wow,” thought Anh, and she carried on.