March 29th, 1847: Invasion of Veracruz by the Americans; the Mexican-American Wars.

Today, the American troops invaded my hometown. I am hiding in this closet—all of my handmaids left. I do not know where my mother and father are. I am alone.

I am frightened.

There are noises outside the closet. I do not wish to stop writing—this distracts me from the fear.

I hear the cry of a wolf. The footsteps are closer now, they—