As I mentioned in my previous image, I'm keeping Ernesto de la Cruz as he is, with just a few tweaks.
In this version, Imelda was a free spirit; she hated being tied down. She ended up learning the hard way that it is good, even essential, to have some kind of anchor.
She struggled against the "stay in the kitchen" mentality of her neighborhood; nobody believed a woman should have a career outside the home. While Héctor loved Imelda's free spirit and supported her dream of professional singing and dancing (contributing to her falling in love with him) and had remarkable music talent of his own, he too believed it was time for her to "settle down" after their son was born. "I remember that feeling...when I would play, my wife would dance, and we would sing together, and nothing else mattered. But when we had Curro, suddenly there was something in my life that mattered more than music. I wanted to settle down, put down rules. She wanted to 'share her talent' with the world. We each made a sacrifice to get what we wanted."
Ernesto, who had always kept a lustful eye on Imelda (no surprise, given her stunning beauty), buttered her up and convinced her that she shouldn't "waste" her talent. When he invited her to come sing and dance with him around the world, she jumped at the opportunity, only realizing afterward what a horrible mistake she had made.
Assuming Imelda was "free game" since she intentionally left her husband behind, Ernesto tried more than once to get her to make love with him. She refused, since she still considered Héctor her true husband and her one true love. When Ernesto realized he could never have her, that she had every intention of going back to Héctor and her little boy and never leaving them again, he poisoned her.
Then he kept her songbook as a sort of consolation prize, and you can guess the rest of the story.
I imagine a woman abandoning her family for a career would have been quite the scandal in those days. Even if she made it back to Héctor alive and he took her back, he would have risked his whole family's reputation. No wonder he would still be so heartsore and bitter after all those years; Imelda not only rejected him and their son, but more or less spat on their sacred culture.
That would actually make the story even more poignant, wouldn't it?
One way or another, the moral stays the same: fame comes and goes, a career can give you great pleasure, but when all is said and done, "nothing is more important than family."
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