READ IT HERE: "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)"
BY: Dean Francis Alfar (or the Wikipedia entry on this author)
IN: Strange Horizons
"The Kite of Stars" (I'm sticking to English), is a romantic title. It is a love story, one of those impossibly over-reaching tales of love that might appear in Magic Realism. A sixteen year old girl, out shopping on her own for the first time as a young woman, sees a man with whom she immediately falls in love. The story is about her plan whereby she might get him to see her for, she learns, he only looks at the stars. With her is the butcher boy. Without him, this story would not be so poignant, and to my mind not so interesting.
"Do you feel like you've wasted your life?" she asks him as their journey, and their lives, near their ending.
It's an interesting question. Is a life spent on love ever wasted? If that love is never fulfilled, would you say that it has been wasted? Perhaps, for some people, the big romantic gesture is all the fulfillment that is needed.
What do you think?