G E O R G E E V A N S To Wish to Go Home Luis Garcia, rosaries and tears tattooed around his wrists and down his fingers, was first to swing and wasn't stopped. The blue spider-webbing on his upper arm was sprayed red as his fists came down on Muldoon, whose nose disappeared in splat and tooth crunch, lips flapping, face greased with blood. Then there was a hollow cracking of ribs. Everyone watched in silence. Muldoon had gotten his wish. He'd been asking everyone to break his bones or shoot him somewhere safe, somewhere the damage would get him home, just home, ever talking about his family, telling stories like how he gave his thirty-year-old uncle mumps and made him sterile, for which he was hated by his aunt, or rattling names off of all his cousins and their favorite foods and movies--having memorized it all and being related to half of Ireland--a Catholic who knew how to pop Garcia's fuse by insulting the Virgin. When he stopped, Garcia threw the sack of Muldoon in a jeep to drive him to the aid station. On the way, they hit a mine. Muldoon flew from
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 1, 2002
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