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Bare Branches

Mike Kennedy

Published August 29th 2014
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Jillian has called the Coast Guard. The cutter Thetis is underway. She has told Captain Becker to anchor the yacht in the Johnson Key Channel, knowing that Higgins will be coming up the Cudjoe Channel. The channels seem to almost join, but midway theMoreJillian has called the Coast Guard. The cutter Thetis is underway. She has told Captain Becker to anchor the yacht in the Johnson Key Channel, knowing that Higgins will be coming up the Cudjoe Channel. The channels seem to almost join, but midway the sea floor rises enough to trap his boat upon the rocks. If there was only some way to lure Higgins closer.Jillian pulls off her tee shirt to shake her breasts. Alone on the sky lounge atop Bunny Hamiltons yacht, Jillian speaks across the clear, green water of Cudjoe Channel, “I’ve been saving these just for you.” She sees his mouth distend in canine rage and sees Higgins slam the throttle forward. His two engines, five hundred horsepower each, roar into the red. He does not hear the sound as the sea floor begins to scrape his keel—as he wedges his boat irretrievably on the rocks.The Florida Keys are a long overseas ribbon, and America has but one. Almost a foreign country, it is a place that has shaped its people and it is a people who have shaped their place—or at least until the ocean takes it back.Mao’s one-child policy has unbalanced China’s population. One hundred and thirty million men live alone as bare branches. China waits only for the spark.Their scientists have answered the riddle of cloning. This is their Manhattan Project and now their agents search for cells to harvest, even in Taiwan and in America. They have no wish for one of our Marilyn Monroe’s. They will find one of their own. Their leaders borrow the idea of “comfort women” from the hated Japanese. Time is of the essence. It will take fifteen years to grow them. So now, they hunt for Sally Luk.