My posts during April form part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is Jazz and I've selected a variety of classics from across the board. I've mixed up the performers a bit though ...
Chosing to work - and live - in the nuclear fall-out zone, he had survived way beyond his statistical chances. So much so, they now believed he had some form of immunity and wanted him to stay and carry out experiments on himself so they could uncover it. He had chosen to stay because his love had been killed in the blast and he cared not whether he lived or died. But now it appeared he might live - and have to continue living alone - now he cared. And he didn't want to be alone anymore.
So he negotiated with them ... "Your demands are unrealistic Yuri" complained the Commissar "why not ask for something you know we can do?" "Because I want nothing else" Yuri replied quietly. "I will start on the experiments yes, but you must also start on the process to making me a companion." "You can have anyone you want, you know that. Come with me to Moscow, St Petersberg, anywhere, and pick someone you like the look of." "But they will get sick ... and I couldn't bear that" replied Yuri. "You know what I want, and I believe it is within your power to achieve such a thing within two years."
Yuri made excellent making progress towards isolating what was giving him immunity to the toxic conditions in the nuclear fall-out zone, so he demanded a meeting with the Commissar for an update. Much to his surprise, the Commissar was buoyant: "we're nearly there Yuri! We've now been able to create a clone who not only looks like your wife, she also has the majority of her personality traits and her intelligence. Right now, she's on a programme of accelerated learning and will be ready to move here within a couple of weeks."
Yuri sat down hard. He was exhausted, but it was more the shock. "What if she doesn't like me though?" he asked, having never considered the question before. Now the Commissar's face broke into a full blown grin "we've been conditioning her to like you. She already finds your work here magnificent and admires you greatly. These last couple of weeks will enable us to turn that admiration into something stronger ... trust me Yuri. This is going to work, I'm certain of it!"
When Natalya arrived, she was shy but clearly attracted to Yuri. Being ever the gentleman, he didn't rush it. He started to hear faint sounds of music in the early hours and wondered if he was hallucinating. Slowly Yuri realised the sound was coming from Natalya's head, and always between the hours of 1-2am. Struggling to make it out, he recognised the unmistakable tone of Tony Bennett's voice. He rang his friend the Commissar and asked him the question. "Yes, Tony Bennett is part of our conditioning plan. He provides the voice-over "Exactly like you" whilst we run visuals of you at work. I'm sorry if it disturbs you. Do you want us to modify it?" Smiling to himself, Yuri replied "No, that's fine. Just fine my friend. Thank you."
© 2017 Debra Carey
Not as well known as many of my other selections, this number is from the 1930 Broadway show which also featured "The Sunny Side of the Street."
Made famous - or was that infamous - by Tom Jones when he sang it on the Morecambe & Wise Show, with Eric & Ernie performing as his backing singers. To those familiar with the Show, I don't believe I need say more. For everyone else, the BBC blocked me from using a clip - sorry!
And yes, I did cheat a tad ... but with X, doesn't everyone?
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