Miguel and Elena prepare the goat for the going away party. They remove the skin and organs from the goat. Elena uses a hammer to kill the goat and Miguel uses a knife to skin the goat. They put the organs in a bucket.
There were a couple of people that went to Miguel's going away party. They were Tío Esteban, Tía Cristina, his little cousins named José and Daniel, Los Gonzalez, Abuelita's comadre named Maria, Elena's best friend named Fátima, and Chuy.
They were all telling stories about people that were kidnapped at the border. Miguel was becoming nervous.
Maria told Miguel that he should take special care of himself when crossing the border.