By Esmeralda Santiago
América Gonzalez is a lodge housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleansing up after prosperous foreigners who do not glance her within the eye. Her alcoholic mom resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks lifestyles will be higher anyplace yet with América. So whilst América is out there the opportunity to paintings as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a kinfolk in Westchester County, big apple, she takes it as an indication door to flee has been opened. but whilst América revels within the comparative luxurious of her new existence, bold to care a few guy except Correa, she is confronted with dramatic evidence that it doesn't matter what she does, she cannot escape from her past.
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When Correa opens the door, a square of light crosses from one end of the room to the other, broken in the middle when he steps in and gently, quietly, closes the door behind him. She hears him take his clothes off, fold them in the dark, drop them on the chair next to the dresser. He’s a cat. Doesn’t need light to see. She tenses when his weight dips the edge of the bed, creaking the bedsprings. He lies quietly next to her, as if not to wake her. She waits until his hand finds hers, squeezes it.
She pulls the chair back so that she can’t see his face, just the back of his neck, the fraying collar of his shirt, the dark crevice between his skull and ear. I hate you, she drills into his brain. He has big hands, wide and solid. He pushes the scrambled eggs onto the fork with a piece of toast, turns his head to look at her. ” he asks. 51 / Esmeralda Santiago She tsks, shifts her gaze to the window. He burps delicately and goes on eating. The wall clock above the door tick tocks in between silence.
His mustache tickles her lips, his lips press on hers, his tongue insinuates itself between her teeth. And she returns his kiss. He kisses her neck, runs his fingers through her hair, squeezes her breasts against his chest. He kisses her cheeks, her forehead, rocks on her from side to side as if he were a ship and she a turbulent sea. Her eyes open to the darkness in the windowless room, and she lets herself go, catches his rhythm with her hips, bucks upward to bring him closer. She rubs his broad shoulders in tight circles, kisses his neck, his jaw, his temple, 47 / Esmeralda Santiago presses her legs together, squeezes his balls with her thighs.
America's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago