Listen to Coronavirus Patient Zero
A gently daring brilliance is allowed to unfold into love in order to hold back the darkening of a failing world. When nothing in the world remains as it had been and all is lost, the focus falls on what is intrinsically true and deeply real. In this environment, what has started as a love story built on mutual support of one-another, becomes a sex story that extends the atmosphere of support into sexual unity that reaches deeper than any form of union that is normally allowed between two friends. When the conventions, beliefs, and emotions have been reduced to ashes by a nuclear-weapons accident, the precious little that we have remaining of one-another matters intensely. and becomes a treasure to hold onto. In this harsh and stark environment, even the ordinary becomes magical. The story ends in Hawaii, on the Island of Maui, at the end of the longest day, followed by a day of rest between dangerous rescue missions. The story, The Sound of a Bird Woke Me, is a sexual love story situated in a world darkened by a nuclear-weapons nightmare that luckily still remains fiction in the real world. The story that is singled out here comprises three chapters from my novel, Brighter than the Sun, written in the 1980s to explore the phenomenon of nuclear war and the committed folly to allow the preparations for it far it to proceed. Let's heal the world of this follow, so that the story will remain fiction forever. Only the precious that the story describes should remain reality and grow as it eventually does in the novel, Brighter than the Sun.
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