The Fourth Crate
Narrator Isandòrno
Volume One Rainy Day in May
Starts May 10, 2014 (18:38:12)
Ends May 10, 2014 (18:47:09)
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"The Fourth Crate" is the twenty-sixth chapter of One Rainy Day in May. It is the second and final chapter to be narrated by Isandòrno.

Chapter Quote Edit

"I beg you." - Victim #9

Summary Edit

The chapter opens up on May 10, 2014 at 18:38:12 in Veracruz, Mexico. Isandòrno is about to reach a place referred to as The Ranch. He knows who will be waiting for him there: an old man named Juan Ernesto Izquierdo, who always mocks him for "mistrusting the sea and for never crossing a border." Juan's wife Maria will also be there, along with their children Nastasia and Estella. The two children always refer to Isandòrno as "Tio" (Spanish for "Uncle") and he gives them hard candy when he sees them. There will be others there as well.

There should be three crates waiting at The Ranch. They were sent from Africa and had arrived earlier than expected. The first crate contains a small hyena. The second crate contains a baby elephant. The third crate contains a baby giraffe. Each of these animals are wounded and barely able to move. These wounds are possibly already infected as well. They are scheduled to be sent north somewhere but Isandòrno doubts they will survive the trip.

Before the animals are sent off, Isandòrno questions why there is a fourth crate when he was only expecting three. The driver who will be taking the animals says it costs less to bring too many rather than too few. Isandòrno does not approach the crate, but instead asks the driver what's inside. He checks the paperwork for the crates and sees that the three he was expecting are labeled as crates "W," "X," and "Y." The driver asks if he should take the fourth crate back and only ship off the three others. Isandòrno decides it would be better to see the animal before making that decision. He begins walking towards the fourth crate but stops himself before opening it. He is unsure of what to do.

The chapter ends on May 10, 2014 at 18:47:09.

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