This is a long story, almost 33,000 words. If you don’t like long stories, please don’t upset yourself by reading the following.
The following is a work of fiction. Except for references to well-known historical figures and broad geographic areas (e.g., Pacific Ocean, Mexico) unnamed individuals and locations in this story are a total figment of my imagination. If you think you recognize any unnamed person or place in this story from the descriptions, you’re wrong. I don’t know whoever you think they are, and I’ve never been there, period.