Short Story. Today, enjoy the last episode of The Island Across the River by the author Jaime Martinez Tolentino. Have a nice Monday, Yareah Magazine readers!
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I was being discharged that day. I would not be returning to the Hospital for Special Surgery. My father came to get me alone, because my mother needed to stay at home with my little brother Dionny.
We gathered my clothes, my one book, and the paperwork that the hospital had given me, and we placed it all in the suitcase that Papi had brought. I made sure that I didn’t leave behind a sealed white envelope that was on my night table. I said my goodbyes to the hospital staff, and my father and I took the elevator down to the lobby.
Before Papi could go outside to hail a cab, I asked him for a special favor. He seemed surprised at my request, but when I explained it, and when he saw how serious I was, he complied.
He wheeled me over to a window overlooking the river, and he exited the building. I watched him climb the pedestrian bridge that crosses Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive. He descended the stairs on the other side, and he walked over to the railing overlooking the river. Then, he pulled the white envelope that I had given him out of his shirt pocket, and as I had requested, he opened it, he took out the single printed page, and he let it drift down to the surface of the river where the current carried it away. He came back across the pedestrian bridge, and he wheeled me outside to hail a cab.
And we went back home with a poetry book in my suitcase missing its last page.
Congratulations, Jaime, for this amazing end!!!