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Bio. of P.A. O'Neil
P.A. O’Neil spent her early years in southern California, before her family moved to a small town in Washington. Her father always said, her Mexican and Irish heritage qualified for the designation of “Smoked Irish”. Knowledgeable in things urban and rural, young and old, she knows what it means to simultaneously be in the minority and majority. She has been married to the same man for more than half her adult life and believes, if 40 is the new 30 and 70 the new 50, she is starting middle-age all over again. Her stories have been featured in sixteen anthologies, many of them international best-sellers, as well as several on-line magazines and journals. One story was nominated for Story of Year on the Spillwords Press website.
The Bullfighter’s Waltz
by P.A. O’Neil
Dalton Jones lifted his face from the arena floor, sandy loam sticking to his skin, his nose and mouth filled with the acrid taste of urine mixed into earthiness of the soil. The sound of the crowd’s excitement was overwhelming as he slowly raised himself to his hands and knees.
“C’mon, Jones, we gotta move!”
He felt strong hands grip his upper arm to pull him erect and drag him back towards the chutes. “I lost my hat,” he replied, still not aware of the seriousness of the situation. Read the full story HERE>>