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Richard Melendez is the Managing Editor for Abstract Magazine, and his writing credits also include INhonolulu Magazine, InsideOut Hawaii, Where Guestbook, and Pacific Business News. His short story “Inertia” will appear in the upcoming Bamboo Ridge #104. He is a Puerto Rican by blood, a Long Islander by birth, and has called Hawai‘i home for over 20 years.

THIS IS A 100 WORDS CONTEST ENTRY

Breadwinners

Published by RICHARDMELENDEZ | Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:11 AM


BR 100 word contest


He and his family have been living in a shelter. Conditions suck, so they’re thinking of moving back to the beach. He’s been out of work for eight months. Laid off. If he gets this job, they hope to get into an apartment soon. His calloused hands were shaking.

Me, I was looking for a second job to get a car for my son.

We chatted some more while we waited. Then my name was called. I stood, patted his shoulder, wished him luck and left.

I’ll tell my wife I didn’t get the job. My son can take TheBus.



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richardmelendez - Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:01 AM.


Sincere thanks to both of you.
-r-

Dylan - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:37 PM.


Very succinct portrait of lower and middle class struggles in Hawaii. The details such as living on the beach and catching TheBus give it a distinctive local voice as well. Great submission, Richard.