The Nation's Highest Honor by James Gaitis

By James Gaitis

At an unspecified time within the close to destiny, the realm has loved a long time of peace and prosperity because of the global dissemination of an anti-violence vaccine that was once invented by way of a ruthless industrialist named Nolebody. whilst scientists detect that the vaccine has a half-life—and that this half-life is ready to be reached—the management isn't really ready to maintain order, because the army has been disbanded and nobody is familiar with how one can function the out of date weaponry. In a cynical plot to revive balance, the government's leaders get to the bottom of to award the nation’s maximum honor, the Nolebody Award to a reclusive wilderness hermit named Leonard Bentwood who lives in a shack within the wilderness and models sculptures from feathers, useless lizards, and different discovered items and who's totally blind to the truth that he's the most renown figures on this planet. The unwitting Bentwood travels to the capital to just accept the award, triggering a wholly unforeseen series of occasions. In a astounding instance of the facility of accidental results, his recognition speech triggers a revolution that sweeps the govt from strength. This clever and considerate fantasy entertains because it lampoons governments of each stripe.

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I alone will determine whether to show them to him and whether he will respond and, if so, what the response will be. ” William Worthington was not looking at her, but rather through the windshield and in the direction of the shack. There was something bothering him, more than one thing actually, but he could not put his finger on any of it. “I understand what you are saying, Ms. Haster,” he finally answered. “I will not argue about it here. You know what my standing instructions as a government employee are.

I would calendar a follow-up inquiry, just to make sure. Three weeks before the ceremony, or something like that. Hopefully, you will have found an easier way to communicate with him by then. To be honest, I do not much care for his work. But the public response over the years has been overwhelming. ” “I’m not sure how I feel about it myself,” William Worthington answered. He wanted to tell her about the dirt road into Leonard Bentwood’s canyon and how he had boldly navigated it without concern for his own wellbeing.

Placed himself in motion by the simple artifice of pushing back on the rocker and then letting gravity demand the release of the tension. Back. And forth. Back. Forth. T H E N A T I O N ’ S H I G H E S T H O N O R n 39 The sun, well past its zenith, moved deeper into the edge of evening. But it was not yet finished for the day; its angle was such that it undercut the eaves of the porch, and it burned with a false noonday intensity that would have been unbearable to the uninitiated. And that is where Leonard Bentwood sat and rocked in his rocker, in the last of the day’s sun, sipping at his brandy while he watched a long-nosed lizard sitting motionless, frozen in the heat, waiting and alert, until it instantaneously was in motion, whipping across the sand and rock to snatch and swallow a tiny forlorn insect in a single deadly strike.

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