HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan

Part VIII – Suspicion
Chapter 133
Honolulu, December 1, 1937

The thunder of artillery punctuated the static-crackled voice coming from the Motorola.

“This is Lowell Thomas . . . reporting from Nanking, the capital of the Republic of China. Japanese troops are advancing south toward this city, drenched in rumor and despair.”

Haru hurriedly rinsed the last of the lunch dishes. She pushed back the faucet handles, shutting off the gurgling cascade competing with the 1 o’clock NBC News. Six time zones ahead, East Coast listeners were preparing for dinner.

“Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, reeling from the loss of Shanghai to Japanese imperial forces, is rumored to be moving his Nanking government to Wuhan, deep inside of China. This morning, the general, staying behind to defend the city, promised ‘to fight to the death.’”

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