The orphanage in Juarez didn't give names, just numbers. Each infant and child was assigned a number when they arrived. That would be their name, she was known as Girl12. The orphanage was a cruel place where nuns ruled with strict hands. Children were forced to work from sunup to long into the night, sometimes without anything more than a slice of bread and some water in their stomachs. The state of Juarez didn't care, they couldn't when they were too busy battling cartels.
She was 10 before she had a name, one she chose herself. "Mariposa" was chosen for the small and beautiful insects she admired for their freedom to fly. She wanted to be like those butterflies, resilient and strong with a softness to them. She chose the surname "Flores" for the flowers the butterflies love. Armed with a name she left the orphanage and vowed to return someday.
Someday turned out to be when she was 16 years old, armed with all she needed to free the children and end the terror the nuns wrought upon them.
Under the cover of darkness on a night when the moon rested, she entered the orphanage and tied up the nuns. The children were woken and led to the men outside, infants and toddlers were carried one by one until all were evacuated. The night would end with the orphanage burning to the ground and the painting of a butterfly found in the charred remains. Two nuns and the Mother Superior died that night. No answers came. None were needed when the news reported the horrors the children faced and showed images of the starving and abused children.
It was the only thing she asked her "Father" for, revenge on the nuns. He allowed it on the condition she killed them. "Father" was Luis Carillos Royo, head of the Royo Juarez Cartel and he found the young girl on the streets of Juarez pickpocketing from tourists. He watched how she worked and when he spoke to her he realized how intelligent she was. He brought her into his family, treating her as a daughter.
"Father" watched as his "daughter" graduated high school at 16, and obtained degrees in Chemistry and Pharmacology by 18. She killed with efficiency without remorse for those who double-crossed her "Father", the Cartel, or those she cares about.
Now at 20 she was in the United States, living there illegally and working to prove herself to Father. She wanted him to see she could run the cartel upon his demise, something that might come sooner rather than later.
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