Important Notice! Please Read!
This story was written before the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The story includes as a major plot element the deliberate destruction of an important public building, and the subsequent deaths of a great many people. No disrespect is intended to anyone who died or lost a loved one in the actual disaster -- an event far more tragic than anything I could possibly invent.
|Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future's sake
--Two Tramps in Mud Time
by Robert Frost