San Andreas Fault

Below, and on the following pages, is the full version of San Andreas Fault. I spread it out over 8 pages because I hate reading long pages myself.

He instantly regretted saying it. Now he’d have to explain. He felt like he too often had to explain himself, his jokes, to her. It seemed like he had to do that even more since he quit his job at the law firm the month before.

“Nobody’s fault?” she said, laughing. “San Andreas didn’t discover it. Andrew Lawson did. He named it after a sag pond that sits on the fault off the 280 down by Millbrae.”

John nodded, clenching his teeth. He was born in California. He was shaken out of bed in the ’71 Sylmar quake; walked through the rubble that used to be the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz days after the Loma Prieta quake in ’89; had to find a different way to work when the Santa Monica freeway collapsed in ’94 after the Northridge quake. He knew earthquakes, and he sure as hell knew about the San Andreas Fault. Did he really have to explain everything?

Tanya stopped smiling. She was glancing at his face, sensing his mood. She had told him about crossing the fault on the drive down from Mendocino the day before. She wanted to talk geology, about the bluechist outcroppings on the North American Plate and the granite bedrock of Point Reyes on the Pacific Plate. She chose this morning drive just to show him the fault and how you could see by road cuts that Point Reyes traveled hundreds of miles up from the south over millions of years because it was spinning on a different plate of earth’s crust. She had even brought along a book, Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California, to help him see what to look for.

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[…] First, I knew we had to meet Dean before the verdict in the Rodney King case was announced (Wednesday), and that we had to stay with him until he decides to join the Koreatown peace march (which takes place Saturday, the day after the story ends). I also knew I needed quiet time in the series of events to get some background in on Dean, Jun, and Ron. Dean’s friend John appears in the beginning and end of the story as a constant by which to measure Dean’s emotional change. John and Tanya are both in this story because they are also in the novel I plan to write. (You may also recall that John and Tanya appear as a couple having some issues in “San Andreas’ Fault”.) […]

I loved your story and am very happy you are writing again!

Such familiar terrain; felt as though I were traveling along with Tanya and John (though glad not actually to be; been an unwilling witness to enough of those uncomfortable, awkward situations).

really really great….

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