'TORN BY THE SUN'
Keiko Yoshida is a beautiful, young Japanese-American in Pre-WWII San Francisco.
Jesse Sommers is a native San Franciscan, who walks into Keiko's life just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Neither has any way of knowing what is coming, nor the impact events will have on their lives, but they are determined to hold on to a love being 'TORN BY THE SUN'
Prologue to "TORN BY THE SUN"
If you took the Bay Bridge out of San Francisco to Oakland, then hopped on the I-580 south to the small city of Hayward, you’d come to a rural, non-denominational cemetery called Lone Tree. Forty acres of modestly rolling hills, half full of folks laid to rest, and ready to receive more.
And if you’d made this trip on a particular Sunday afternoon in March, you’d have found a blue Toyota Camry parked just inside the gate, with a man opening the door for a passenger in the back seat.
“Are you sure you don’t want me to park closer, Mother?”
Keiko reached out and accepted her son’s hand, allowing him to help her out of the car. “No, I’m happy for the walk.”
He shut the car door. “Very well; I’ll wait for you here.”
“Thank you, Son.”
At seventy-three, the tiny Japanese woman, born Keiko Yoshida, was still able to get around without assistance. It took longer to get where she was going than it used to, but she didn’t mind; she wasn’t in a hurry these days.
The jet-black hair of her youth had mostly turned gray, and she preferred to wear it up in a tight bun, even though it still reached nearly to her waist. On this day, she wore a heavy coat and leather boots with fur around the cuffs. Despite the sunshine and temperatures near fifty degrees, the wind chilled her, forcing her to pull the black trench coat tight around her.
In her gloved hands, she carried a single white chrysanthemum, the flower symbolizing grief in Japanese culture. The younger generation no longer seemed interested in the language of the flower, and the symbolic meaning of each one. It saddened her to see such beautiful traditions being left behind.
Keiko moved along the gravel road to a path that led away to the right and up a small rise. At the top of the rise, she stepped onto the grass, passing several rows of gravestones, until she arrived at the marker she sought. Bending down, she placed the white flower in the small vase just above the name Jesse Michael Sommers.
When she stood again, the wind rushed at her back, attempting to topple her forward onto the grave. The wind, however, was overmatched. With a force of will that had sustained her all these years, she stiffened her back and rode out the gust.
As the wind subsided, Keiko spotted a marble bench beneath a large tree, not far from where she stood. Moving slowly to it, she settled herself down and accepted the windbreak offered by the tree’s bulk. Her deep brown eyes turned misty as she watched the wind buffet the tiny flower on Jesse’s headstone.
How did I get to this place, Jesse?
She often asked herself these silent questions, a habit that had helped her reason through many problems over many years.
Why do I find myself alone here? Why can’t you be with me now?
She didn’t expect a response, but as usual, finding her own answers was more important. Sometimes they came to her easily, but most times she’d meditate for hours or days before reaching the understanding she sought.
Keiko, now sheltered from the wind, lifted her face toward the sun. It warmed her, much like the first time she’d met Jesse. A smile came to her face.
That day feels like two, no three, lifetimes ago.
Still, her memory could return her to that day whenever she wanted—or needed—to experience the magic of that time.
A time before everything changed.
A time before events beyond their control forced them toward a future they couldn’t imagine.
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