SERVANT OF THE SCORPION – Chapter 17,
Pretty Girls All in a Row
Rosalinda led me to another door. It was unlocked and it opened into a narrow hallway that was dim except for lighted portraits of little girls all along both walls. They were all smiling. They were all wearing pretty little dresses.
“Rosalinda, are these the ‘pretty girls’?”
“No. These are the good girls. They get adopted a los Estados Unidos.”
Rosalinda marched me down the hallway to a dark sitting room with a big window that looked into another room. In that other, well-lit, room I saw little girls sitting at tables writing or drawing, sitting in chairs reading, and one was practicing on a violin. They were all “picture-perfect” with their pink dresses and white sweaters. I could only tell them apart by the color of the ribbon in their hair.
Rosalinda went up to the window and turned a big dial on the wall below. I could suddenly hear the violin.
Rosalinda called-out “Hi, Carmen!”
The little girl practicing the violin looked over along with the other girls.
“Hi, Rosalinda,” said Carmen and several others in unison.
“I bring my friend Cesar.”
I felt compelled to step forward into the light cast from their room and I wiggled my fingers “hello”.
They all studied me for a moment and then they all giggled, “Hi, Cesar.”
Carmen said, “Rosalinda, have you heard? I’m going to be adopted and go a los Estados Unidos!”
Suddenly into their room from around a corner entered a young woman in an alluring black evening dress. I was immediately aroused and began to panic remembering Arturo’s little joke. But, no, it wasn’t a woman. I realized it was a little girl with a precocious made-up face, dressed like a woman.
She asked the “good girls”, with aloofness, “Who took my magazine?”
Rosalinda said shyly, “Hi, Adora.”
Adora looked toward Rosalinda and saw me. That chiquita gave me a gaze as cold and as disdainful as ever any hot chica gave me at a club. She took her missing magazine from the hands of one of the “good girls” and turned quickly to leave without another word.
Rosalinda said with awe, “Adora is a pretty girl. She will get to make movies a los Estados Unidos and meet ‘portant people.”
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