“Victoria” by Erik Orrantia from Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2014).

Daniel and Osvaldo have spent decades carving out a place for themselves in rural Mexico, sharing the hard work of running a cattle ranch while dodging the suspicions of their fellow ranchers about the true nature of their relationship. Daniel is content with the life they’ve made, but Osvaldo has serious concerns about their security. His fears have been stoked by the recent death of his sister’s common-law husband, which left her penniless. Also recently, a Federal District judge has ruled same-sex marriages lawful in Mexico. Now Osvaldo is dropping hints to Daniel that to protect themselves they should make their union legal, but Daniel, wary of upsetting a hornet’s nest, keeps sidestepping those hints.