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He then called to the alligator that slept at his side. And they saw pass before them that immense thing, full of smoke and beating the water, a steamer that negotiated the river for the first time.

He witnessed a battle between two warships and brought an unexploded torpedo here. The alligators lived, and still live, very happily, because they have become accustomed to the sight of passing steamers and ships laden with oranges.

Suddenly the warship filled with smoke and launched its first cannon at horacip dyke.

The second alligator heard the noise in his turn and moments later the others awoke. And as they were all hungry, they went looking for fish. They had no wish to eat any man though they merited it. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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As a writer, I am principally a novelist though I also write shorter pieces, both fiction and non-fiction and have published and self-published poetry, articles, short stories, memoirs and novels. We made a dyke and they sunk it.


They lived quietly and contentedly. Notify me of new comments via email. But there were no fish. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The men on board looked through binoculars at that thing lying across the river and sent out a boat to see what it was that prevented them from passing.

It was another, a vessel the colour of a mouse, much bigger than the other. And they cried out: But when one with gold stripes on his uniform, who was still alive, passed, the old alligator launched himself into the water and ate him in two bites.

They took their siesta in the sand at the riverbank and at times played about in the water on nights when there was a moon. And their unease was not for nothing, because the sound became louder and louder.

They had all gone, frightened by the sound of the steamer. All gave an enormous cry of fear and wanted to move the battleship so that the torpedo would not harm it.

La Guerra de Los Yacares

But an old, wise alligator, the oldest and wisest of them all, an alligator who retained only two healthy teeth in the sides of its snout, who at one time made a journey to the sea, said all of a sudden: The alligators later accompanied him to his grotto, thanking him countless times.

They surfaced, dived, jumped over the stones, always running and dragging the torpedo, which created waves like a ship owing to the speed of the passage. In an instant the alligators disappeared below the water and swam toward the riverbank, where they remained concealed, with only their noses and eyes visible.


Scarcely an hour had elapsed since they had positioned the last trunk of the dyke when the warship appeared again, and the boat with the officer and eight sailors drew near. It could make all the noise it wanted, but it would not be able to pass through there. In recent years I self-published a trilogy of novels dealing, principally, with the themes of healing and reconciliation.

All of them heard it, but none rose or opened their eyes even. Later, the boat reappeared at the dyke and the men on board cried out: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The alligators exchanged looks all around: They ate fish, wild animals that went to drink water from the river, but above all fish. Your friend the alligator that travelled to the sea with you! To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: