A brave dare

Gallant acts of chivalry are not lost; they may be found in the anonymous everyday life of the world’s unsung heroes.


La recta Camino a Barichara, Santander, Colombia
The straight stretch           Road to Barichara, Santander, Colombia

     It was on the straight stretch of the road, just before the curve that comes out to the clearing with the pine tree. On the same spot where the family gathered for lunch on Sundays that unexpectedly, Magnifico shouted at the top of his voice, his load voice enough to be heard above the general, happy din:

“Danilo, do you suppose that you could beat me to the house, or maybe, you are too tired to try…”

La campiña Camino a Barichara, Santander, Colombia
The country-side          Road to Barichara, Santander, Colombia

      Immediately, this challenge provoked a heavy silence among all gathered. In the midst of that quiet moment, the confident and quick reply of his best friend was clearly heard.

“But, I already beat you a while ago. Today is your birthday, and I really don´t want to beat you twice in a row, or better said, that you should lose again, you hear?”

Los caminos del valle Carretera a Barichara, Santander, Colombia
Valley roads           Road to Barichara, Santander, Colombia

      As could be anticipated, the silence was broken, right after that exchange between them. The air was filled with catcalls, whistling and jeers that came from both the children and the grownups. In the thick of it, Magnifico jumped from the wagon smiling, but not before he turned to Camila and winked at her.

La finca Camino a Barichara, Santander, Colombia
The farm           Road to Barichara, Santander, Colombia


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