—Derek Baril studies Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Arizona. As a native Tucsonan, he finds Mexican food to be on par with oxygen in terms of substances he needs in order to survive. He has been known to write poetry and short stories on occasion and has even gone so far as to threaten his parents with the idea of becoming a writer.
This is the second of five installments from this collection. The first was featured in our November issue. You can read it here: Stay with Me: Vignettes for the Absent-Hearted: Olivia