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He Who Shines

By Caitlin McGill

I bury the box in the bottom of my blue backpack and tell myself, This will be easy.

Student papers slice my dry, cracked fingers as I shimmy my empty hand past the Advil, acid reliever, protein bars, workout clothes, books, and phone charger that explode from my bag. I walk through Boston’s downtown and into one of the diamond district buildings, study the list of businesses on the gold-plated wall and wonder where to begin. More than two years have passed since Carlos threatened my bank account, my body, his own life. And more than six years have passed since he gave me the diamond necklace that’s now hiding in the box, disappearing into my heavy survival pack.

About the Author

Caitlin McGill’s work appears in Blackbird, The Chattahoochee Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Vox, War, Literature & the Arts, and several other magazines. Her writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference, the Kimmel Harding Nelson center for the Arts, and the Virginia center for the creative Arts. She recently completed a memoir-in-essays about intergenerational trauma and silence. One essay from her book was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016.

 

 

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