When Adam heard the word “asteroid” he had a quick flash of memory about something. He sat up in the tub and just as he did all the lights went out. He was in total darkness. He wanted to get out of the tub but he couldn’t remember where the towel was in his new bathroom. He sat there thinking about where his flashlight might be or some candles. But then the lights came back on again and when he looked up the twirling lights above him were gone.
He finished his bath, got out of the tub and dried himself off. He then went into the other room to look for the newspaper he had brought with him from the job. It was still in his Jacket pocket. He sat down, opened it and saw the story about the hit and run driver being arrested. He remembered the mangled dog that was miraculously healed as he held it. He saw the story of the escaped lion with the phone number to call and remembered that when they saw the lion he dialed the number and it was out of service. He saw the article about Archbishop Califano coming to Saint Joseph’s on Sunday and remembered how Ron Levine told him to go to the church then because he was expected there. And then he saw it, a small item at the bottom: “Chernov asteroid behaving erratically NASA scientists say. Story page 4”
(To be continued.)