AlmaMia Cienfuegos is growing…
Our girl is mentally older, and her tale has grown into a short collection of three stories. Many of you read “Wishing upon Earth and Bones,” but “Corn Silk” is a new exploration into AlmaMia’s past. The original tale has an extended ending, and AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories comes to you wearing a new dress… and a new blurb:
After attending a funeral, four-year-old AlmaMia Cienfuegos wakes up screaming about a man’s bloody face. The Cienfuegos’ charm bracelet—a frog, a book and a skull—banished the nightmares. But when Soledad, AlmaMia’s big sister, learns that the wearer of the charms also gets the family lands, she fights AlmaMia for the heirloom. The Cienfuegos sisters battle with hand, blade, rock, word, fire… One ends the war with death.
When I said to a friend (who loves AlmaMia as much as if he had birthed her himself) that the wild child’s tale was going to bring the conclusion of All Hallow’s Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark, he told me, “Finally! You’re going to kill Soledad. I hope her death is painful and nasty. By fire would be good. That will be enjoyable for everyone.” He was grinning like a lunatic when he said this.
I just looked at him, keeping my shock to myself. I mean, he isn’t the first person to wish for Soledad’s bloody demise, but wow! I was not expecting the ruthlessness of his desire. “Actually,” I said, “my post is going to discuss AlmaMia’s darkness. How I love that she is smart, fun, resourceful, sweet, loving and willing to crack someone’s skull if she has to.”
My friend and I spent more than one hour arguing: he telling me that AlmaMia is gentle and perfect… me saying to him that if AlmaMia was truly that way, I probably wouldn’t like her as much I as I do.
AlmaMia is an amazing child, my Wicked Luvs. The more I write her, the more I love her… and the more I see that her goodness comes from the fact that she dances with Light while kissing Darkness on the mouth. She is mean and kind, giving and selfish… she is human and real.
cover art by SunshineShelle
a copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories by Magaly Guerrero
Dark Mangoes Painting by Gina Morley
Day of the Dead Drops Red Earrings by Brighid’s Fire
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