About this submission
My father-in-law lives in Puerto Rico. After a long career, he retired and began building his dream home in the mountains above Moca. Less than a month after he began construction, hurricane Maria hit. This story is not a documentary account of his experience. Rather, I was hoping to capture my interpretation of the emotional experiences that he has recounted to me over the course of that journey, and distill it into something the may emotionally resonate with an audience. By far the biggest obstacle facing this work was the ten page limitation. The majority of my drafting process involved focusing the story on the singular event of the road, and attempting to pull at the dramatic conflict inherent in this ordeal while not losing track of the specificity of the characters involved. Thanks for taking the time to read it, and I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.