by John Brooke
keeper of the Longships Lighthouse, was long
overdue for shore leave. Heavy storms had raged
for weeks and the relief boat couldnt
navigate the two miles to relive him.
His wife, Liza,
waited at their house up on the rocky cliffs
overlooking the North Atlantic. Nicholas used a
short-wave transmitter to radio his wife at
precisely 3 oclock every afternoon.
anxiously by the radio receiver at the scheduled
hour. Her husband asked about her health and
inquired about their friends and family. She
couldnt answer him by radio, because they
couldnt afford an expensive transmitter.
opened the window, cranked up the volume on the
radio, and ran outside carrying two semaphore
signal flags. She heard him through the open
window. When he stopped talking, she waved her
flags in reply.
answered him, he could see her with his
binoculars, whirling those flags, and decoded her
conversed successfully using this method for
would ask one of those impossible female
questions, the kind deemed unanswerable by most
you thinking? She signaled.
He hesitated a
moment Of course, Im always thinking
of you, dearest Liza.
would you do if I died?
dear, Id be totally upset, he said.
Are you sick?
Fit as a
fiddle. I just wondered.
question to ask.
course not, dear
you marry again?
Id marry again.
with her in our bed?
suppose I could.
she wear my clothes?
Definitely not, dear, responded Nicholas,
your dress size is 15, and shes a