#4 – A Self-Assigned Fate

So, this is mostly a character play thing. I really love the setting of pre revolution Cuba, and this was just one ex-pat idea that COULD work there. Who knows. Kinda convoluted, but not too bad. Enjoy!

 

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Feverishly writing at the end of the Havana bar, Christopher Street was nursing a whiskey on the rocks and trying to beat the summer heat. His wardrobe fit in with those around him – a loose fitting short sleeve collared shirt, khaki pants, and a hat nestled on his head. The air was filled with soft latin music coming from a radio behind the counter. Street had learned to understand it for the most part, but unless he was really focusing, he couldn’t make the words out. However, the music was the last thing on his mind.

 

The bar has become his second home during his time in Cuba, and he made it routine to be there every day from 7pm to 2am during the week, and 11 to 11 on weekends. The owner and bartenders had become family, and in exchange, he had taught their whole families English for free. It’s partially why he was there so often.

 

You see, in the Summer of ‘38, a recent graduate of Brown, Street spent what he called his “last ever” family vacation down in Cuba, where his grandfather had some business interests. However, he fell in love. Not with a girl, but with the whole country, especially a little bar a few blocks away from their hotel. Now, Street was American, but not exactly a patriot. His father died in The Great War, leaving him, his older brother, and young mother to fend for themselves. Since then, he hated war, and ended up taking it out his country. The Depression didn’t help. To be in a tropical, easy going country instead? Easy decision for him.

 

He was writing a book, what he called the “sum of his existence”, a project he began on that summer vacation, and one he has continued to work on, nearly seven years later. As he continued to write and rewrite, edit and scrap, he spent his days as a private English tutor, earning enough to maintain a small room in a boarding house where he slept. He didn’t need many things, and living a low maintenance lifestyle suited him. His energy focused was focused on writing anyway.

 

As he whisked his pen like a maestro down the pages of his manuscript, he noticed a rare interruption in the music. He paused for the a second, took a sip of his drink, and listening closely heard the following:

 

La guerra ha terminado. Repito, la guerra ha terminado. Japón se ha rendido. Repito, la guerra ha terminado.

 

Oye”, came the call of a regular named Ramón, sitting in a table in the corner playing cards with some of his old friends. “This mean you leaving us? Going back to Uncle Sam?”
Christopher Street, for the first time that day, smiled. He called back to Ramón, “As soon as Uncle Sam can make a mojito like Domingo, I’m stuck here.” Laughter erupted across the bar, and by the time they all settled down, the music had too returned, bringing back a sense of normalcy. Street exhaled, thinking briefly of home, before returning to his writing. He looked at the title again. “To Live and Die in Havana.” It seemed appropriate, in more ways than one.

#3 – Welcome to HELL

“Well I have to say you’ve impressed me. I wasn’t expecting much today, but you have shown me that you are more than your resumé would suggest. Welcome to HELL,” said Dr. Jeremiah Richardson, Head of the Department of History Evaluation, Research, and Reenactment at the University of South Lake, extending his hand.

 

I met him halfway, firmly completing the handshake. “It’s an honor, and I assure you that you won’t regret it.”

 

He pulled away his hand and said confidently with a wink: “I don’t make mistakes.”

 

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It was only two weeks after I accepted the position as a faculty researcher that I was given my first assignment. I would be traveling to Boston to meet with shirt professor, whose name had not been disclosed to me yet, and we would be travelling to Tel Aviv to travel to another yet-to-be-disclosed location in the Middle East. We were going to be scouting out some remnants of a former Nazi advancement into the region. There was a report that half a tank division was buried, recycled, or otherwise dismantled. It was a panzer chase, and an adventure.

 

I would say I felt excited, but really it wasn’t excitement. It was nervousness. This was the culmination of 9 years of schooling. The B.A. in History, M.A. in Military History  History, and Ph.D. in Military History specializing in the Recreation of History through modern means, and even pioneering the 3D Printing aspects at Cal Poly. It was all happening too quickly.

 

I woke up at 4am to catch my early morning flight to get to Boston by 1 PM. I checked my email and, as promised, my boarding pass was there. I got to O’Hare early, ate a light breakfast, and got to my flight early. We arrived on schedule, and as I was looking around for someone with a sign to get me to the next leg of my journey, I had someone put their arm around my back and start moving forward. He spoke swiftly and with a thick Bostonian accent, almost a parody of Ben Affleck. “Grab the bags, in 28 minutes a black van will be pulling up with the name Farmers Deliveries. Go into the back, ask to go to ‘The End of the Liberty Trail’. Dr. Richardson sends his regards.” Just as quickly as he came up to me he was gone. Seamlessly slipping through the crowds, and I didn’t get a good enough look at his face to know what I was looking for.

 

That said, I knew better than to not go. Maybe if he didn’t name drop Dr. Richardson, but I was knee deep in this. No stopping now. Exactly 28 minutes after he came up to me, while waiting outside with my bags, a black van as described pulled up. I entered, and as instructed, I said the passcode. “I, uh, need to get to the end of the Liberty Trail?” A man who had a disturbing resemblance to Dr. Richardson, but about 10 years younger and with a thick Israeli accent, turned around and smiled at me. “Hello, Professor. My name is Benjamin Franklin, and from now on you are Dr. Paul Revere. Welcome to the least ordinary job of your life.”
Before I could even ask “Is your name actually Ben Franklin,” a felt black overcome my senses as a bag was put over my head from my behind and a hand stifled my screams. As I began to lose consciousness, I could only hope I made the right decision and wasn’t about to get kidnapped and held hostage. Truth be told, I was more excited now than I had ever been. It was time for what people in my field called “Hell Hunting”, and it was all about to happen.

#2 – It ain’t fiction, well, sorta.

So I haven’t been writing this week, but I have been working on something else. It’s an NFL Mock Draft. There are WELL over 500 words and since it hasn’t happened yet, it is fiction… Right? Maybe predictive non fiction. Is that even a thing? Anywho…. Here it is.

 

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1.) **Cleveland Browns** – Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M  

 

So I’m taking taking back the first trade I made because, well, the generationalism of Garrett I realized is too good to not take. He can completely revolutionize their D with the additions of Jamie Collins as well. They can skip on QB for now because they can reevaluate later, and by establishing – well, improving the beginning signs of-  a pass rush, they can begin to fix other parts of their Defense and Offense. Look at the Broncos w/ the last version of Peyton. A strong D can go a long way.

 

2.) **San Francisco 49ers** –  Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

 

I’ve seen a bunch of QB mocks with Kizer here, and I fail to see how the 49ers can afford to take someone who will really need to develop. Watson has the leadership skills necessary to take the job of a new Rookie starting QB, and quite frankly I like his stats more than Kizer. Or Trubs, for those who mock him here. Compare Watsons 67.4% completion rate (ignoring his inflated TD stats) as a starter over two years to Kizer’s 60.7% on a similar number of attempts. Perhaps the biggest bonus I see on Watson over Trubs is experience and decision making, and just watch the National Championship and the Sun Bowl to see the difference. While Trubs showed up at the last minute, Watson was in the zone the whole time – and in the NFL, any moment of failure is too many moments.

 

3.)  **Chicago Bears** – Malik Hooker, FS, OSU

 

The biggest knock against Chicago’s Front 7 this season was their health and Freeman’s suspension. Other than that, they are developing and doing well. The biggest issue is finding big playmakers in their secondary. Jamal Adams is cerebral, focused, and intelligent… but Hooker is an absolute baller on the field and has the momentum-changing potential the Bears defense desperately needs. He’s young and exciting, just like Floyd, and they both will grow into fantastic impact players in the coming years.

 

4.) **Jacksonville Jaguars** – Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

 

While I still think they could go for Hooker if he drops here, I think that they have other needs they could address at this spot, but they’ve been developing their defense for the past two drafts (Fowler, Ramsey, Jack to name a few) and I think they continue the pattern here. Allen is a Day 1 starting defensive lineman who can provide the root behind their Front 7 attack. With Yannick showing great promise for a mid rounder and Fowler still poised to show his potential, I think they can be upgraded from “sp00ky” to “legit sp00ky”.

 

5.) **Tennessee Titans (via Rams)** – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

 

I’ve studied a lot of tape now on Corey Davis and Mike Williams, and while I think the jury is still out on which of them will end up better – I think Williams is the safest bet. He’s played against better talent at corner throughout his college career and that gives him an edge off the bat. Both are tall and will get a start wherever they go, but with the chance to pick between the two of them, the Titans secure the safe bet here. The other needs they have, especially corner, will be available later on, so I see them going for the scarce true WR1 here.  

 

6.) **New York Jets** – Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

 

I am still of the opinion they’ll draft a QB here. Can they get a fantastic CB here? Absolutely. But they are still searching desperately for an answer at QB. Fitz is not the answer. Neither is Geno, Petty, or Hackenberg. With one last roll of the dice, the Jets go all in on Deshone Kizer, the QB with the best prototype build and a decent performance in his college years. Is he an instant starter? No. But I see him sort of like how Goff was this year. Take some time at the start of the season to learn the ropes, then come in and win the starting position.

 

7.) **Los Angeles Chargers** – Jamal Adams, SS, LSU

 

The loss of Weddle was real this year. While some amazing rookies helped shore up this Front 7 and Casey Heyward showed up as a great FA addition, Adams finally fills the hole at Safety as a player who can make this team even more solid. The only alternative I can see here is for the Chargers to draft a voodoo doctor to stop their injury curse.

 

8.) **Carolina Panthers** – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

 

> Fournette is a generational talent, and despite the arguments I’ve seen about Dalvin Cook being equal if not better, I just don’t see. This picks sets the Panthers up for years to come with a GREAT running back, something that Stewart rarely provided. Newton finally has a real weapon behind him, as well as in front of him (Greg Olsen and friends).

 

Nothing new to add here. This is still a phenomenal option at #8.

 

9.) **Cincinnati Bengals** – Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

 

I previously had Foster here, and I think that would still be a solid fit here. Even with Barnett back in my memory bank, Maualuga is at the tail end of his contract and Foster would be a hell of an heir-apparent,. This is the best move for a team which has been consistently “on the cusp” until this past season.

 

10.) **Buffalo Bills** – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

 

So, this is kind of my curveball pick here. With both safeties gone, and my strong belief that they’re going to re-sign Gilmore under their new HC, and Woods entering the FA, this seems like a good option regardless of their quarterback situation. You can look at a team like Denver for example. Thomas and Sanders have a much higher ceiling that’s limited by quarterback play. That said, they made Trevor Seimen a very passable QB last year. Put McCoy, Watkins, and Davis in the same offense and the QB’s important becomes greatly minimized.

 

11.) **New Orleans Saints** –  Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee

 

If you thought that Adams to the Chargers was a match made in heaven, then Barnett to the Saints is on that exact same level. Saints are in desperate need of some pass rush, and Barnett is signed, sealed, delivered a large part of the cure to their ailments. I question whether he makes it to 11, but if he does, he’ll find a very appreciative home.

 

12.) **Cleveland Browns (via Eagles)** – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan St.

 

First and foremost, the Browns STILL need a Franchise QB. Kessler is young and somewhat promising, but I don’t think he has a sky high ceiling. RG3 is a waste of an IR spot, and McCown showed how poor he is at the tail end of last season. I think that the Browns will work to develop their Defense in the draft and then either try and build up Kessler or take a chance on Tyrod or Kaep, or even trade for someone like McCarron with a later pick. So… this takes us to Malik McDowell. I honestly feel like he is going slightly above his value at 12, but not too high as there is no way he slips into Rd 2. The Browns need someone opposite of Shelton to lock down their 4-3 D, and with an Ogbah-Shelton-McDowell-Garrett combination, the future would look very bright. And as we’ve seen, stacking up on defense can save an offense.

 

13.) **Arizona Cardinals** – Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

 

With two picks in the Top 50, I think that even though they have a desperate need for the next level of QB with Palmer consistently declining and Stanton getting up there as well, but they have an extreme need at CB, and that weakness helped escort them to the #13 pick in the first place. Quincy Wilson is, IMO, the best all around corner. He’s got no glaring holes in his game and is more than just one step up from his replacement across from Patrick Peterson. The defense of the Cardinals will now be back to its former self (or at least it should be).

 

14.) **Indianapolis Colts** – Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford

 

It’s a shame losing Mathis, if not inevitable, and despite the URGENT pressing need to help out Luck, the value on Thomas is far too high to pass on. I know he’s a draft riser, but I feel confident that the combine will only reinforce rather than hurt his stock.

 

15.) **Philadelphia Eagles (via Vikings)** – Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU

 

With this new mock, Davis and Thomas are off the boards by 15. John Ross is not a bad choice for a wide receiver, but I feel like at 15 he’s a bit of a reach. However, if you want to talk about a steal, Dalvin Cook at 15 has the potential to really change the Eagles offense. Now, their running situation isn’t entirely awful, but they lack a true three-down back and Cook and go above and beyond in that role. Being able to catch passes as well – emphasis on catch – will only help Wentz more than establishing a strong run game will do automatically.

 

16.) **Baltimore Ravens** – Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA

 

This pic comes right after they announced Tim Williams drug issues. I would have put him here, but I think the Ravens will not pass on McKinley who I view as his different, but equal player. He’s an athletic freak and almost reminds me a bit of Bud Dupree. With Suggs getting up there in age and Ross not serving as anything different than Wallace 2.0 for their corps, this seems like a great pick up.

 

17.) **Washington Redskins** – Zach Cunningham, MLB, Vanderbilt

 

Redskins are in the market to find a franchise MLB, and they have generally been going BPA. Now, if they didn’t have JNo I think they would obviously draft a CB, but I think they will value Cunningham super high and he will be their pick here. He’s the perfect combination of coverage and aggression which will supplement their assets, especially Kerrigan.

 

18.) **Tennessee Titans** – Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

 

Same player, same reason, different analysis. He’s not only in my opinion the 2nd best corner (damn/bless you draftbreakdown for eating my time), but fills a strong need for the Titans. Getting their guy for offense with their first pick and Teez with their second balances both sides of the field for the Titans in what I feel is a surefire recipe to a playoff berth.

 

19.) **Tampa Bay Buccaneers** – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

 

Releasing Doug Martin would remove a player with an injury history and off field issues while saving a ton of cap. It’s an unfortunate no-brainer, and while Rodgers was good in the short term, Buccs need a long term kind of guy here. I’m not sure if it’s just the fact that he’s white or that Fournette and Cook are better options, but people shouldn’t discount this pick. McCaffrey is a solid three-down back and can catch from the backfield as well. Him and Jameis will be a dynamic duo in no time at all.

 

20.) **Denver Broncos** – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

 

With Robinson and Ramczyk still on the board, this pick is a bit harder for the Broncos, but I think it still ultimately ends up being Howard. They’ve lacked a true impact player at TE for the past few years and Howard can provide. In addition, I’ve seen some half decent blocking from him which could help their failing O-line.  

 

21.) **Detroit Lions**  – Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama

 

The Lions need to up their pass rush game and a beast like Williams will be a solid choice. Falling this far because of his rumored drug issues, I see this guy actually ending up being a steal like Tunsil for the Dolphins. Williams has such a large repertoire of skills he should an impact wherever the Lions play him.

 

22.) **Miami Dolphins** – Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan

 

Mario Williams should be gone, and in his place, it will be Taco Time. He has shown continuous improvement as the season went on, and his explosiveness should suit Miami’s Wide 9 Defense very well. Putting him with Suh and Wake will make their run defense stouter than before and make their Secondary’s lives easier.

 

23.) **New York Giants**  – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

 

Ereck Flowers has become a serious liability and left tackle and if the rumors are true, a move to Right Tackle could be in his approximate future. This leaves (another) gaping hole in their O line, and at 23, the value on Cam Robinson is pretty remarkable. While many Giants fans may be uncomfortable with another first round pick on an offensive tackle, I feel like this is a very good case scenario and would – if anything – buy them more time to find a new quarterback by giving Eli more time in the pocket.

 

24.) **Oakland Raiders**  – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

 

> Sidney Jones is the BPA by a landslide, and the Raiders could certainly use an upgrade in their DBs that Jones would provide. He’s an electrifying player and will start immediately in certain packages, before – I would predict – becoming an all-time starter.

 

Nothing new here. He’s a fantastic corner.

 

25.) **Houston Texans**  –  Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

 

Anyone who watched the game against the Patriots probably realized that the Texans need to spend a first-round pick on quarterback. Savage is without a doubt better than the Lobster, but he’s not a franchise quarterback from my perspective. While Trubisky will definitely need some learning the ropes, I feel like his ceiling is much higher than Osweiler. His floor is probably higher as well.

 

26.) **Green Bay Packers** – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

 

As I mentioned above, I spent a lot of time trying to work out with the best cornerbacks in this class though. Corner is definitely a deep position this year, and it looks like it’ll be giving out starters well into the 2nd round. Conley has gone up in my book as the #4 CB, and his position as such is reflected here. Packers have a need, he is near the top of the BPA, so it’s a match made in heaven.

 

27.)  **Seattle Seahawks**  – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

 

Pete Carroll has put out a bounty on his O Line after that pisspoor game against the Falcons, and praises the gods when he sees Ramczyk here. This is a direct need fulfilled, and will do Russell Wilson more good than any sort of recovery water can do. Yes, he’s having a surgery this offseason but he will still be well worth his pick up at this spot.

 

28.) **Pittsburgh Steelers** – Charles Harris , EDGE, Missouri

 

> With James Harrison managing to be the best Pass Rusher on the team at 38 years old, the question isn’t “if” he will retire soon, but a very nervous “when.” Charles Harris has the build and impact to be a standing 3-4 Defensive End, much like how Harrison is used now. Jones is likely lost to the FA after a very unproductive time in the Pitt, so Harris can work to rotate in with the LBs and add to recreating the signature powerful Blitzburgh defense.

 

Same but sub Taco with Charles Harris!

 

29.) **Atlanta Falcons** – Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn

 

Carl Lawson is pretty controversial ranking-wise (Standard Deviation of 14.8~ from 7 rankings) but I feel like he’s a solid fit here for the Falcons. Dwight Freeney is phenomenal but he is way too old to start as many times as he did and young talent will absolutely invigorate this defense. And give them a pass rush stronger than one that can only embarrass the Seahawks.

 

30.) **Kansas City Chiefs** – Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida

 

> Jarrad Davis is a great value for the Chiefs with Derrick Johnson entering his 13th season next year, and their need to replace him in what could be the very approximate future given the severity of Achilles injuries. Despite being the 3rd ILB taken, he is not a reach at all at 30 and will provide the already menacing Chiefs D with yet another weapon.

 

Same thing here. Still a great value.

 

31.) **Dallas Cowboys** – Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois

 

> Despite many attempts, the Cowboys have yet to find a suitable pass rusher to fill their DE spot and make a consistent impact. Smoot, while not the most renown of players, has shown himself to deliver a serious impact on defense. The Cowboys find themselves a real threat here to match their new and improved secondary.

 

> See above.

 

32.) **New England Patriots** – Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State

 

> With Jamie Collins gone, the Patriots have a hole at ILB, and McMillan is an exciting player who can (and should) develop into a real terror at the position in Belichick’s system. He’s a bit raw, but given that he’s falling to an organization which knows how to develop and cultivate talent, he’s in the perfect situation to excel.
Same rationale here.

#1 – The Professor’s Office Hours

Professor Rose always held office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3PM to 5PM. He always told his students this the first day of every semester. He always included it in every syllabus he printed. And yet, every year, without fail he would spend six hours  a week in solitude. An occasional visit from another professor or Department Head would break the repetition, but those were growing rarer and rarer as time went on. Grading papers, listening to records from his turntable, quietly muttering to himself. It was such routine for him, he nearly had a heart attack when two raps at his door interrupted his low playing music.

 

“Come in, come in. I’m here,” he said, taking a break from the research paper in front of him to see who decided to come in. Walking in was a student of his, he recognized him from his 400 level seminar on The Dark War. Despite having only twelve students,  the students name eluded Professor Rose. He was always quiet in class, a rare feat to accomplish in such a small, discussion-based class, but spent all of class writing notes. What the notes were, Professor Rose had no idea, but he always noted the student writing feverishly.

 

“Hello Professor, I hope I’m not bothering you,” the student said, walking in towards the empty seat opposite of the professor. He had a backpack on, but was holding his notebook and pen. Not a surprising sight at all.

 

“Not at all,” said Professor Rose with an unintentional dose of sarcasm in his voice. He tried to control it, but in his early 60s, he had found that his willpower to mince words was greatly diminished. However, that did not deter the student, who took up the seat directly across from the Professor. “So, how can I help you today,” he asked, being careful to not include the fact that he didn’t know the student’s name.

 

“I actually don’t have any real question about anything related to the class directly,” he said, emphasizing the last word very clearly. He placed his backpack on the floor and put his notebook on the Professor’s desk and began to quickly skim through it, looking for a section he must have predetermined. “I did, however, have a few questions about the Battle for New York,” he said, stopping his notebook on what must have been his page of notes on the subject. Professor Rose immediately noticed the neat, small letter that provided, even discernable from his upside-down angle, that this was meticulously written.

 

“Well, go ahead. Happy to help,” he said, adjusting his glasses. “Was it part of the lecture? A question for the test,” he said, testing the water. He also was trying to scan his notepad for his name, which he was unable to find. Vague pronouns were the plan, for lack of a better option.

 

“Actually, some anecdotes you mentioned. I haven’t been able to find them anywhere, and I was intrigued by them,” he said. He then looked to his notebook, then back to Professor Rose. “May I?” Professor Rose nodded and the student began to read from his own notes. “Now they may be paraphrased but, here it goes…’It was August 12th, 4:03 AM when the bombs shook Brooklyn. They had destroyed the defenses emplaced across the East Coast, and the city was exposed.’ That’s one. Another was: ‘By the 18th, it was impossible to tell who was in the sky to kill or save those below. All that was clear is that if London had fallen, so could we.’ Another: ‘On the 28th we used the bomb, and despite its destructive power, there was nothing but celebration in the streets. Strangers became friends, friends became lovers, and the city came back to life – despite the broken buildings which it now consisted of.’ One last one, not really an anecdote, but you brought in some old pictures from when you were in a teen during the war, and I was curious about one in particular. Do you still have them?”

 

Professor Rose nodded and reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a photo album full of dated photos. He put them in front of him and opened them up. “Which photo are you referring to?” he asked his still nameless student. “There was one that you had you friend’s mother take, of yourself and three of your friends? All carrying rifles?” The Professor skipped to the halfway point of the album, noted the pictures present, mumbled in agreement to himself, and skipped forward several more pages until he found the one the student had mentioned. He removed it from its section, and turned it around to the students orientation. “This?”

 

“Yes! Now if I have it noted correctly, you are on the left, with a ‘John’ next to you, ‘Robert’ next to him, and ‘Frank’ on the far right. Is that correct?” Professor Rose smiled a laughed, “You know, your notes are impeccable. I would appreciate you even more if you spoke as much in class as you wrote!” The student shuffled uncomfortably in his seat. “Well, thanks but to be honest, I wasn’t in your class for the discussion.” The Professor scrunched his face. “Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is literally what you signed up for.”

 

The student had a look of determination grow on his face. “Well, not entirely. See, if I am correct, that would be John Thompson, Robert Bellinger, and Frank Cooper. Is that correct?” Raising an eyebrow, the Professor nodded.

 

“And we all know that you Professor William Rose,  born 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. Attended College of Williams & Mary in Virginia for your B.A. in History before getting your Masters and Doctorate from Princeton? You then quickly settled in Chicago, never publicly returning your hometown?” The Professor now had a concerned look. He knew this information was publicly available, but it had never been presented to him by a student before. “What are you up to here?” “Is this correct?” “What are you-” “Professor, please. Is this correct.” Resignedly, the Professor nodded his head.

 

“Then I need to tell you something,” the student said, now rising up from his seat to stand. “My name is William Matthew Harrison, son of James Matthew Harrison and Carol Diana Harrison, with a maiden name of Bellinger. I was born in Seattle, Washington after my Grandmother moved here to provide a better life for my Mother after she was left to raise her child alone when her father mysteriously disappeared soon after impregnating her. Does the name Dorothy Bellinger sound familiar at all, Professor?”

 

At this point, Professor Rose’s jaw was nearly on the floor. “That’s the name of Robert’s sister. We were… very close.”

 

“You might even call yourself friends. Your own words told us what friends became,” said William Matthew Harrison, the now named student.

 

“I don’t understand, I haven’t heard any of those names in years… decades even!”

 

“It mean, Professor Rose, that you are my Grandfather.”