life she wanted to leave behind since she could recall dreaming about marriage. First came Juan Pedrito, then she got pregnant with the second child, he did not stop the beatings. Asking that he take her to the doctor was no easy task but she had to, “because she is going to make sure the baby is not turned around backward this time to split her down the center”(Cisneros 53). She told him that, if the doctor asked she would say that her bruises were an accident. He finally agrees to take her. At the doctor Cleofilas meets Graciela, and she breaks down and asked her to help her get to the gray hound buses. Graciela calls her girlfriend Felice and asks her to take Cleofilas to San Antonio with her and explains the situation. She says, “Hijole, Felice! This poor lady’s got black and blue marks all over” (Cisneros 54). Graciela explains that Cleofilas is “another one of those brides from across the border” (Cisneros), without any family in the U.S. and with no permission to call or write to them by their husbands. Cleofilas has her own money to pay for her bus ride back to Mexico which she has saved. Felice agrees to pick her up the next Thursday before her husband returns from work on the side of the freeway I-10 in front of a store. Even though Cleofilas was afraid of her husband would appear and stop her from leaving, she takes the packs her bags. Cleofilas had no time to think when she saw a woman in a pick-up. She put her bags in the back of the truck and got in with her soon Juan Pedrito. When they were crossing the same creek she had crossed as a newlywed, Felice “yelled so loud as a mariachi” (Cisneros 55). Then she explained to Cleofilas that it was because of the name of the creek Woman Hollering “Pues, I holler. She said in a Spanish pocked with English and Laughed” (Cisneros 55). Cleofilas was amazed and admired this kindred, free spirit, independent woman, Felice, who did not have a husband and was paying for her own car. When Felice said “I used to have a Pontiac Sunbird.
4 But those cars are for Viejas. Pussy cars. Now this is a real car.” (Cisneros 55), Cleofilas was
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