Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941
“Yes, don’t worry. It’s just… I think Ethos was right.” he sighed, looking down on the small box in his hand.
“What do you mean?”
“‘What am I waiting for’. This might be the last time we are talking…” he said with a weak chuckle.
“I wish I could say that in a better moment, but I can’t go there without knowing your answer first… So… Kyoko.” he presented the small box and let go of her hand.
He dropped on one knee, surprising the Detective who didn’t expect him to be so formal as qhe raised a hand to her mouth and her eyes were wide open. She noticed that the leg that wasn’t on the ground was shaking violently, as if he was cold. And he noticed that too, he certainly wasn’t cold and neither was the room because there’s no way that he could be this hot if the room was chilling. He looked up at her, ignoring the shaking leg and said with full determination:
“Nahanni Arntzen was born inside a teepee on the shore of the Kingcome River in remote British Columbia. Her parents were tree-planters, hired by logging companies to repopulate the large swaths of land left naked by clear cutting forestry operations. On and off for the first eight years of her life, Arntzen lived wherever the Nahanni Reforestation camp went—a free childhood spent pestering the camp cooks and playing with the camp dogs. From 1977 to 1987 her father, Daniel James, ran the operation, which he named for her. During this time, James and his operation of 25 to 30 men and women planted up to 12 million trees. And thankfully, James was there with a camera, capturing the ins and outs of daily life as a tree planting hippy in Interior B.C. Now after some 30 odd years laying unseen, James’ archive of over 500 original images will again see daylight, though instead of a slideshow, they will—with the help of Kickstarter—take the form of a book.”
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