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California    born     Madeline
                    Clark  was  a  child  prodigy.

                    She writes in every genre and       Madeline Clark,
                    lived in the Pacific Northwest
                    for many years. An advocate            United States
                    for the Homeless and Cancer
                    Research,  she  now  lives  in
                    Tucson Arizona.



                                                         A Promise for All Time




                    She could breathe again. Her heart cried out inside her as she inhaled the clean hot desert air.
                    A lone young hawk hopped along the hot sidewalk as she sat in her wheelchair and watched it flex its
                    wings. He raised his head and tried to take to the sky, but he couldn’t rise. The birds in the trees near
                    the Desert Star apartment sang loudly as a hot wind came up and sailed into the mountains in the red
                    horizon.


                    Marilyn prayed the hawk would fly or she knew he would die. She couldn’t bear another death for so
                    many of her friends and family members had died from the dreaded Coronavirus. It broke her heart
                    when she heard that her sister’s longtime best friend Gerri (Geranium) Nelson had caught the virus
                    and died just after they told her, her cancer was under control.



                    Memories of their youth in Portland, Oregon flooded into Marilyns heart and mind. Memories of when
                    she could walk and dance. Oh, how they danced, and Gerri was the cheerleader for them all at every
                    party they gave in the days of Dr. Funkenstein. She recalled Gerri getting down and shaking a leg to
                    the song Sing a Song by Earth Wind and Fire.


                    Sweet and positive to the very end she cared for her ailing mother until she herself passed away.


                    Now Marilyn sat there under the Arizona sun where she had moved for the heat. Watching the young
                    hawk  struggle  to  fly.  She  was  amazed  when  he  finally  worked  his  wings  and  took  to  the  sky
                    ascending higher and higher until he flew out of site.


                    Her sad heart swelled with joy and relief. He had temporarily won his battle to survive. She wondered
                    if she and others would win their battle to survive. Marilyn knew that her baby brother Lucas was
                    working  on  something  to  put  an  end  to  the  pandemic,  to  the  Coronavirus.  When  their  beloved
                    grandmother died of the West Nile Virus in 2002, Lucas vowed he would use his intellectual genius to
                    become a doctor. He would go into infectious disease medicine to the point of becoming a virologist.
                    Well,  Lucas  went  on  to  do  just  that.  He  studied  at  the  University  of  California  in  Berkely  then  he

                    finished it off at Harvard where the man he called his ‘idea’, Harold Amos the gifted Microbiologist
                    once thrived.


                    Lucas so admired the man that he had a statue of Harold erected near a medical clinic in Boston.
                    Unshed tears filled Marilyn’s dark eyes for she had been told that if she contracted the virus with all
                    of  her  health  problems,  she  would  surely  die.  If  anyone  found  the  answer,  she  had  faith  that  her
                    brother, Lucas Gillespie would.





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