This somber tale exhibits the reverberations of early trauma as it rears it’s head from the depth of memory. The situation is made all the worse by the characters less than joyous adult lives.
Joe Marquez works border patrol near the Arizona town he grew up in. A semi full of Mexican illegals, thankfully all alive, get searched before being deported. Joe absent-mindedly pockets a tinfoil-wrapped baby tooth found on one of the immigrants.
Joe likes to meet long-time friend Jody for drinks and food in their hometown when he’s in the area. She’s been an on-and-off again meth-head ever since a car accident killed her husband, well-being, and career. Her teeth have rotted out.
As kids, Joe and Jody witnessed a couple American teens playing near the border stone a young Mexican kid. They found his body, skull crushed, baby teeth scattered around him. . .
This story was included in the anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 edited by Paula Guran despite being neither fantasy nor horror. I’ve previously read and reviewed this author’s “We Will Never Live in the Castle” short story.
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