GENRE: YA Historical
In 1984, the son of a marijuana cultivator falls in love with the daughter of the local sheriff who vows to eradicate the illegal marijuana trade. The sheriff will do anything to stop the young love including breaking the laws he swore to uphold. Romeo and Juliet retelling.
Before my machete cuts into the stalk of the marijuana plant, the leaves shake. My immediate thought is an earthquake; something on the lower spectrum of the Richter scale, Maybe 3.5 or 3.6, just enough to cause a low rumble that vibrates the ground. Then it hits me and it’s too late.
Descending on our property is a convoy of white and green patrol cars, their lights flashing. They speed towards us not giving me much time. I should have known this was coming; the signs were there, the presence of the Blackhawk helicopters flying low to the ground over the past week, but during harvest season, there are more helicopters in the sky than birds.
“Run.” I drop my machete and race into the redwood forest with my cousin Benny one-step behind me. The Mexican workers rattle off in Spanish before they scatter like a flock of geese being chased by a dog.
I want to run to the house, warn dad, but I don’t have time. Dad always talked about this day coming, he knows the risk involved in a million dollar a year marijuana business.
Taking shelter in a magnolia bush, I slow my breathing as to not give away my whereabouts. Benny climbs an oak tree, hiding amongst the branches and leaves.
“Come out and act like a man,” Tyson says. I don’t know Tyson but know of him. His tan shirt, which he more than likely used a half bottle of starch, appears unyielding.