Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The


bThere's some coyotes hopping around/b

bacross the road from that windmill./b

bWhat are they doing?/b

bHell, I don't know./b

bLooks like they're eating/b

bsomething, I guess./b

bWanna shoot a coyote?/b

bHell, yes./b

bThat's a dead son of a bitch./b


b- When did they find him?/b

b- Sometime this morning./b

bHe was buried on a hill/b

bnear Boracho Peak./b

b- Who killed him?/b

b- No fucking clue./b

bWas he involved with drugs/b

bor smuggling or anything like that?/b

bMelquiades Estrada?/b


bI gotta get a mask./b

bJo Edna, let Earl tend to the/b

bhot dogs and the hamburgers./b

bHe'll bring the charcoal and ice.../b

b... and folding chairs/b

band the whole nine yards./b

bJust be sure Minnie/b

bdon't have to worry.../b

b... about a place to go/b

bto the little girls' room./b

bAnd tell Shawnelle she can forget/b

babout a car on Saturday night.../b

b... if she don't show up./b

bI love you too, baby. Gotta go./b

bThis beauty has two bedrooms,/b

beach one with its own bathroom./b

bCentral AC and heat throughout./b

bAll of our homes come standard/b

bequipped with electric oven.../b

b... washer, drier and dishwasher./b

bYour Waste King garbage/b

bdisposal is optional, of course./b

bIt's a good option because/b

bwe charge the wholesale price on it.../b

b... with no installation fee,/b

band it's top of the line./b

bWe're strictly top of the line./b

bStrictly top of the line/b

ball the time. That's our motto./b

b- How much this house cost?/b

b- Sixty thousand dollars./b

bBut if you're really interested.../b

b... I can get you a/b

b10 percent discount, I think./b

bWhere y'all from?/b


bLong way from home, huh?/b

b- What line of work bring you to Texas?/b

b- Border Patrolman./b

bWe're always/b

ba long way from home./b

bYeah. All right./b

bWell, actually, this mobile/b

bresidence has the highest.../b

b... resale value of any domestic/b

bresidence in its price range.../b

b... in the Southwest/b

btime and time again./b

bI don't know./b

bWell, we also have some excellent/b

bpreviously owned mobile residences.../b

b... in the lower price ranges/b

bif that would be your requirement./b

bCome over here, Sparky./b

bIt's a good thing/b

byou can do something else./b

bI think my horse needs water./b

bWhere'd you come from?/b


bWhat are you doing in Texas?/b

bLooking for work./b

bWhat kind of work?/b

bI'm just a cowboy./b

bHey, Perkins./b

bHere's the stuff that your/b

bfriend had on him./b

b- You know who they are?/b

b- That's his wife and kids./b

b- Any idea how to get ahold of them?/b

b- Well, they live in.../b

b... Mexico./b

bCan I keep this?/b

bYeah, I guess for a while. We're/b

bgonna have to do an autopsy on him./b

bWhen you get through,/b

bI want you to give Melquiades to me./b

b- Hell, I can't do that. Are you crazy?/b

b- No./b

bI'm not./b

bGotta go./b

b- All right, see you tonight./b

b- Come back early, though./b

bI get real bored here./b

bHaven't you made/b

bfriends with the neighbors?/b

bNo, I don't like them./b

bI'm gonna buy you Nintendo/b

bso you don't get so bored./b


bAnd take me to the mall/b

bthis Saturday in Odessa./b

bOkay, babe. Find out where it is./b

bThe deceased died of a gunshot/b

bwound of an AR-15.223 bullet./b

bEntered 2 inches left of the sternum/b

bbetween the fourth and fifth rib./b

bImpact caused a lung to burst./b

bSevere hemorrhaging./b

bTook 15, 20 minutes to die./b

bI would estimate/b

bhe died seven days ago./b

bThe trajectory indicates that the shot/b

bwas fired from 300 yards away./b

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