Their quarantine ended when the hospital caught fire and got evacuated. Brad knew the event was inexplicable and was content for it to remain inexplicable. Clive knew the event was explicable and was determined to explicate it. Herein lies the difference between Brad and Clive.
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How I came to write Pim
People often ask how I came to write Pim. It seems like a thousand years since I discovered Pim, or that Pim discovered me. Thankfully I kept detailed notes and saved photos from that time. While I can’t swear to the absolute accuracy of what you are about to read, I have done my best to capture the essence of how Pim entered my life.
After many days of recounting his recent hardships, and having restored himself with fluids, the Well-Dressed Albatross discovered that the room boasted a window. Remembering that he was capable of flight he departed for other audiences.
The Well-Dressed Albatross possessed a genius for ‘ordering in’ during the quarantine, while entertaining Brad and Clive with tales from his ordeal.
Ukifune had indeed been able to contrive new legs for the Well-Dressed Albatross. Now ambulatory and moving through the hospital in search of refreshment, he mistook the words QUARANTINE. DO NOT ENTER for PUBLIC HOUSE. ENTER HERE.
A grievous contagion had spread throughout the campus. As the only foreigners on whom it could be blamed, Clive and Brad were quarantined in a small cell that housed a Swedish edition of ‘Pippy Longstocking in the South Seas’ and a pizza delivery flyer.
As it turns out it was Brad who had contacted Clive. Having taught himself Hungarian he was able to read forgotten notebooks of Edward Teller and Sándor Szalay, and had been made a nuclear physics professor at Beijing University. Unfortunately Brad understood nothing of physics.
Clive received a text from the nuclear department of Beijing University. They had a mathematical problem only Clive could solve and hoped they could meet him by the reactor at 0820 Easter Sunday. Knowing he possessed such rare and essential gifts, Clive was unsuspicious.
During his reverie about Ming Dynasty fortifications, the Well-Dressed Albatross collided with the Great Wall and was rushed to a Beijing hospital. On regaining consciousness he was met by Ukifune, volunteering there to satisfy requirements for her Marine Bird Trauma badge.
The Legless and Well-Dressed Albatross had been circling the Earth for over a year. He was inclined to wax poetic each time he approached the Great Wall of China.
The world of Pim and Bim had quieted and they were happy enough in their remote dwelling. Some days, on the roof, while tanning, they caught sight of a lone avian and wondered if it was the legless and Well-Dressed Albatross. They couldn’t be certain.