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He skims over Hector’s information with a pen. Holsworth makes a few calls and asks that Hector wait in his office while he finds Lencho. The last time Hector saw Lencho was at Felix’s wake. Hector was nine and Lencho couldn’t have been more than two years old. Hector can’t imagine what Lencho’s going to be like now. Lencho Cruz the gang member. Lencho Cruz the drug-addict burglar. Lencho Cruz, Felix’s seventeen-year-old son, who’s now his responsibility. Lencho turns out to be big. He’s about four inches taller than Hector and he takes up most of the space in the doorframe.
Oscar gets up, taking the comforter and pillow I hand him. He turns out the light, tossing the items into the dark closet before pulling the door closed. As my eyes get used to the blackness, I see Oscar pull off his shirt. He unties his shoes and sets them neatly beside one another. He lies down and things are silent as I slide on top of him. I get off the phone with the lady at 911, and Jairo answers the door, opening it slowly, carefully, as if by some magic the ambulance has every night is ladies’ night 33 arrived before I could hang up the phone.
Hector’s brother had been letting his hair expand into a dull brown afro, and he borrowed a light blue tuxedo with a frilly shirt from their neighbor Javier. Felix said that Teresita had bought some nice material and her mom was sewing a dress. The night of the dance, Amá began to urge Felix not to see Teresita anymore. She saw things forming between Felix and Teresita that no one else had noticed. Felix was shaping his hair with a pick, dancing in the mirror and ignoring the claims that Amá was making.