Mr. Love stood watching the theatre burn. He hoped Mrs. Love was inside. But he suspected, correctly, that she’d be several moves ahead of him.
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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.
Brad’s theatre burned to the ground, as the labour of dreams so often does. Thankfully the three of them were unharmed and went their separate ways.
As Brad continued to sleep, the projector incinerated and the building caught fire. Ukifune assessed the situation and organized an evacuation.
While Brad was enjoying his nap, the projector jammed and began to smoke. Only Ukifune was awake enough to register the event.
Four hours into the second feature Ukifune was entranced by the scene in which Estike, in a search for meaning and self-worth, carries her dead cat through the wasteland. The Well-Dressed Albatross was horrified. Brad had fallen asleep.
Only Ukifune and the Well-Dressed Albatross attended Brad’s opening. Ukifune had come to Petropavlovsk to complete her ‘Gentrification of Formerly Soviet Industrial Zones’ badge. The Well-Dressed Albatross has come to Petropavlovsk by accident.
Brad finished converting the factory into a theatre the same day Mrs. Love came up with a formula that turned her from a gull back into a human. Brad advertised a double bill for his first night. Mrs. Love didn’t stay for it.
To keep an eye on Mrs. Love, Mr. Love had purchased the property facing the ruins she had disappeared into. It was a state-of-the-art factory that produced spigots.
While scrounging the ruined pharmaceutical plant for chemical residue, Mrs. Love ran into Brad. Wanting to open a movie theatre of his own, all Brad had been able to afford was this ‘fixer-upper’ in Petropavlovsk.
Alighting on the ruins of a pharmaceutical factory in Petropavlovsk, Mrs. Love had an inspiration Eureka-like in magnitude.