by Art Cerf
Fate travels on the wind and a whim.
It gives a New Jersey auto mechanic tens of millions of dollars in the lottery and a block away, it gives a child cancer.
It favors neither the young nor the old, the rich nor the poor, the red nor the blue, men nor women.
Suzanne LeBouff favors just one thing…Suzanne LeBouff. Â She’s a beautiful young heiress with enough money to live in luxury ten times over. She travels the world, buying the best of everything–jewelry, clothing, men or women.
The average person can cheat Fate maybe once or twice in a lifetime. Suzanne LeBouff has cheated it 157 times and counting. If she’s in Istanbul, Fate follows but by the time it arrives, she’s off to the Costa del Sol in sunny Spain. From there, just before Fate’s arrival, she’s in Skagway, Alaska.
For Fate, it’s an irritant, like pebble in your shoe. Â It followed her to Patagonia but missed Â her by a few hours. The pebble grew in pain like a kidney stone. Â Then it was onto Cape Town, Singapore and Perth. By now, Fate was ignoring its job and focused solely on finding Suzanne LeBouff, albeit with a migraine-sized headache.
But finally, it uncovered a tip that its quarry would next appear in Wuhan, China. Â So Fate raced there for a final confrontation with Ms. LeBuoff. But after searching the city, she never showed up, apparently changing her plans.
Anger, frustration and pure hatred bubbled over in Fate and there was a toxic, though silent, explosion. And thus was Covid-19 born.
Morale: Â Don’t let your anger stay pent up. And, wear a mask!