Always Running

by

Luis J. Rodriguez

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An attractive woman with whom Luis Rodriguez kindles a warm friendship and later a romance after they’re both arrested by the police and sent to jail. Licha and Luis promise to get together after they’re both released from jail, and they do—however, Licha turns out to be considerably older than Luis, and eventually she breaks up with him, saying that the age difference between them (about ten years) is simply too great.
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Licha Character Timeline in Always Running

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Chapter 9
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...his preliminary hearing, Luis is assigned a public defender and grouped with another defendant named Licha, aged twenty-seven. Licha is charged with disorderly conduct. Luis befriends Licha, and they make a... (full context)
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...him the money he needs to get out of jail. Following his pact, Luis visits Licha in jail. During his visit, Luis learns that Licha has been classified as suicidal, since... (full context)
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...letters from some of his professors at college, testifying to his good character. Luis calls Licha almost every day. They’ll be grouped together on the day of their hearing. (full context)
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Licha invites Luis to visit her in her neighborhood. Luis obliges, but when, after hours of... (full context)
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...Luis that he should plead guilty, a suggestion that Luis immediately disagrees with, even after Licha encourages him to do so. (full context)
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...The judge accepts, sentencing Luis to a couple months in jail and a small fine. Licha is sentenced to jail time at a different location. They hug and promise to get... (full context)
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On the day Luis is released from jail, Licha comes to see him. She invites him to stay with her in her neighborhood for... (full context)