At the end of last century, Spain was something else. Particularly in the medieval-gated city of Toledo, where an ancient labyrinth, encircled by a river was occupied by only those that had eschewed the changing world outside its walls. A people that lived in the madrugada hours.
BOOK1: LA MADRUGADA (SHORT STORY WINNER) (THE EARLY MORNING HOURS)
It's the hours when no-one sleeps, and heat from the walled city seeps out from the stone and into the air. But one man, who lives in the shadows, is a giant with a twisted finger and he is awake and ready to start his madrugada work.
BOOK 2: LA CORRIDA (THE VEGETARIAN AND THE BULLFIGHT)
Each year the bullring was constructed on the outskirts of the city, and posters went up in the main square. In the smoky interior of a bar he'd have rather not entered, the outsider is slipped a free pass to the main attraction the following day. Despite his reservations, he knows he has no choice but to go, but what he sees and what he learns dislodges even his vegetarian stance