Monday, December 19, 2011

Breaking News

     “Wow, I can’t believe Kim Jong-il died.” Stephanie turned down the car radio when the news report ended.
     “I know,” said Jeremy from the driver’s seat. “Who was he again?”
     “The leader of North Korea.” She pointed at the radio. “The one they’ve been talking about for the last ten minutes.”
     “Right, right.” Darren nodded.
     Stephanie looked out the window. “I wonder how that will affect our relations with North Korea.”
     “It might end some tension,” said Darren. “It seems like there’s been hostility with them for a long time.”
     Stephanie gazed at the passing scenery. “You could be right. It might increase diplomacy, but it could also go the other way. What if his successor is more of a war monger? What if he wants to expand their nuclear authority?”
     “In that case,” said Darren, “We’ll need more mobile surgical hospitals over there.”
     “I suppose so… wait, what?” she broke her gaze out the window and looked at him.
     “The surgical hospitals. If this new guy is more aggressive, there will be more casualties. They can barely keep up with what they get now.” Darren shook his head out of pity. “Those poor doctors are so overworked. It’s a good thing they have such good senses of humor. Except for the rich ones, that is.”
     “Darren,” said Stephanie, “I hate to ask this, but do you actually know anything about North Korea other than what you’ve seen on MASH?”
     “Of course I do!” He looked offended. “What kind of idiot do you take me for?”
     “Sorry.” She reached over and rubbed his shoulder. “It was just a stupid thought I had.”
     “I’d say so.” He honked his horn at a car that cut him off. “I know a lot about North Korea. For example, I could tell you about their techniques of torturing people with scorpion poison, or how they have the technology to burn people on earth with satellites covered in diamonds.”
     Stephanie pulled her hand back. “So… MASH and that James Bond movie with Halle Berry?”
     Darren thought it over. “Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.”

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