Normal Miguel

Normal Miguel

Erik Orrantia

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 Miguel Hernández is a teacher who has left Mexico City to complete a one year student internship in the rural hills of Puebla. He came to the school intending to focus on his teaching and his students but quickly learns that it is impossible to keep his private and professional lives separate—particularly as his experience turns into a voyage of self-discovery.

His students, the Directora of the school, the baker, and other people from the town all contribute to his growing awareness. But most important is Ruben, the owner of the candy store who progresses from merchant to friend to lover. He will be the man who has the most effect on Miguel — who, in turn, is transformed by the impact of Miguel on his own life.

This is a lyrical story that brings to life the countryside of rural Mexico, with its grinding poverty but care of the people for their native land; expressing prejudice and hate but at the same time affirming the power of love and acceptance in overcoming obstacles. As a slice of life in the year of Miguel, Normal Miguel will certainly capture the hearts and imaginations of those who join him on his journey in the pages of the book.

 
PUBLISHED BY: Bristlecone Pine Press
ISBN: 978-1-60722-019-0
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010
WORD COUNT: 75463
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 3 3 3
EBOOK READER RATING:
CATEGORIES: Romantic Fiction, ManLove, Contemporary
KEYWORDS: gay, Mexico, contemporary, teaching, rural
 

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COPYRIGHT Erik Orrantia/2010

 As the festival date approached, the school seemed one-dimensional—more and more time from class was dedicated to the event, as children rehearsed and painted and sewed and stitched and sang and danced, ever more focused on this culmination of effort and talent. The importance of class starting times and ending times diminished; break times and lunch times, even dinner, melded into this one great work.

Even Ruben began leaving a friend to tend the store to help out more at the school. He spent more and more time with this new pastime, and it became like an addiction, at first started for Miguel and then continued for the kids. He was another beacon amongst the black ocean as the children sought him for assistance and encouragement. Of course, he and Miguel also became closer, more accustomed to each other’s presence. It wasn’t something discussed explicitly. Rather, their connection began to grow quietly and deeply; they worked together as effortlessly as two birds tending a nest.

The students didn’t ask a lot of questions about Ruben’s presence. When Ruben came to class, the obvious reward was the caramels or chile-covered watermelon suckers. The hidden reward was the attention of another adult, for which the now forty-four young beings competed like trees competing for light beneath the canopy.

A Saturday afternoon horseback ride was a much needed break from the festival which was now just one week away. And then the two snuggled on the bed beneath Ruben’s only wool blanket in the cold night air of the last days of fall. Their first time happened as naturally to them as everything else had.

They were laughing as they undressed, eager to find warmth under the covers. Then they hugged and rubbed each other for body heat. The laughter changed to smiles. The smiles turned to quiet stares into open eyes. Then the kiss, with eyes still open, a union of intentions, trust, and the rich flavor of one another. It was a stopping of time, a light speed ride to a distant planet, a bending of gravity. There were only two people in the world at that moment, though they had a mutual feeling of oneness. One was in the other, who was himself possessed, not invaded or penetrated but shared in common desire. There was no necessary climax, but a satisfaction somehow more primal and complete. Then finally sleepiness overcame them and they passed from this dream-like state to truly dreaming, never letting go their embrace until orange morning light hit the white walls and the new day was a new song.

 
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