The Storm Before the Calm: The Early Lives of Venus and Hiro by Ron D Smith
Approx. 43,380 words.
Published on September 21, 2012.
The wedding that Thanksgiving weekend 1958 in Chicago should never have happened. Venus Ballesteros should have been on her way back to the Philippines. Hiro Tanamachi should have died in the war.
Somehow, the man who had trained to die as a suicide submarine pilot in the Japanese Navy, and the woman whose hometown had been occupied by the Japanese, met 8,000 miles away from their homelands.