Separated Affection is one of my “Public Displays of Affection” stories that I am currently on hiatus with writing.
Though I consider it one of my Public Displays of Affection stories, it doesn’t attack false religion, but it does attack Communism and oppressive governments quite a bit.
Part of this came to me in a dream I had in June of 2006, part of it is based on childhood experiences and the third part is directly from my imagination.
And yet, another part came to me in March of 2014 while I was watching CNN at my now ex-in-laws’ house.
It begins late one evening in June of 1989, where two-year-old Easton Milford and his dad, Perry Milford, are in the kitchen listening to a news report on the radio.
The news reporter tells of what going on in the Communist countries, such as the Soviet Union getting its first credit card to modernize its banking system and Red China being put under martial law.
Perry Milford remarks, “Those damn good for nothing communist bastards.”
Easton repeats him.
Perry tells Easton to, watch his language.
Easton replies, asking ‘What language, Dad, I only speak English.’
At the same time, Easton’s mother Penny Milford walks into the kitchen and announces that it’s time for bed. Easton protests, but then agrees when his mother says she’ll read to him.
The next morning Perry is pushing Easton on a swing set when some new neighbors are moving into the house adjacent to theirs.
The Milfords all walk over to the house and greet their new neighbors.
It is a thirty-three-year-old man Anton “Tony” Davidov and his four-going-on-five-year-old daughter, Kamilla Davidov. They are defectors from The Ukraine.
Upon learning this, Perry refers to Boris Yelsten as an ‘S.O.B.’ and says that he can’t stand him.
Curiously, Easton asks, “What’s S.O.B.?”
To which, Perry says, “Nothing, son, don’t worry about it.”
Kamilla looks at Easton and says, “Oh, that’s a cute little boy. Maybe now I can have someone to play with.” She then looks at her dad and asks, “Papa, can I play with him while you unpack?”
All of the adults agree. Kamilla and goes into Easton’s room with him and they socialize. She begins to rock him in the rocking chair and Penny takes a picture of them together.
Meanwhile, Perry is trying to cut the grass but is angered because his lawnmower won’t start.
Being a high school history teacher and not mechanically inclined frustrates him even more.
Anton, hears him cursing the mower, walks over and offers to fix the mower.
Anton gets the mower running, then explains that he worked his way from assembler to machinist at a tractor factory while living in The Ukraine.
Perry then says how he has tickets to a baseball game and offers to take Anton for fixing his mower. Anton agrees.
Back in the bedroom, Easton is soon fast asleep and Kamilla is laying next to him on the mattress.
Perry begins to cut the grass near Easton’s bedroom and the noise of the lawnmower startles Kamilla.
She says how when she was really little that tanks used to pass through the streets in her old country.
Easton says how he thought that was “neat.”
Kamilla corrects him and says, tanks are not neat and that they ‘kill people and burn down houses with their missiles.’
Easton replies, that it’s not neat but scary and that he hopes she’ll ‘stay over here from now on.’
Kamilla tells Easton that her dad says he’ll always stay in America as long as the Soviet government controls The Ukraine.”
Easton giggles Kamilla then wants to know, what’s so funny?
Easton explains, his dad calls the Soviet people ‘damn good for nothing communist bastards’.”
Kamilla giggles too.
Suddenly the lawnmower flings a piece of gravel from the yard and it hits the windowpane, shattering it.
Kamilla ducks down thinking they are being shot at by the police.
Penny comes in and demands to know how was the glass broken.
Easton replies, very matter of factly that a rock from the lawnmower hit it.
Kamilla looks at Penny and says, “You mean we weren’t being shot at?”
Penny explains that a rock got caught in the lawnmower blades and hit the window. No one shoots at them.
To which Kamilla asks, ‘not even the police?’
Penny explains that the police aren’t allowed to shoot at innocent people in America
Kamilla confesses, that Easton says that his dad calls the Soviets ‘damn good for nothing communist bastards.’
Penny gives Easton a stern look, but then reassuringly tells Kamilla, that it’s ‘all right to say that in America, the Soviets aren’t in power here.’
Penny then makes the children leave the room so she can clean up the broken glass.
They go into the kitchen and listen to the radio and learned of a Chinese man standing up to a tank in Tiananmen Square, Bejing.
Kamilla says how she would never do something like that.
Easton tells her that he would pull her out of the way if she tried.
Kamilla then kisses Easton and they listen to the radio until Penny puts on Dr. Seuss tapes for them.
Perry finishes cutting the grass then comes in.
Penny tells him how the mower flung a rock and broke Easton’s window.
Perry yells, “Damn it to hell and son of a bitch! What next?”
Penny corrects him and says how his son repeats everything he says and that he shouldn’t talk like that in front of Kamilla either.
Moments later, Anton comes in to pick up Kamilla and she tells him about the broken window.
Anton offers to help Perry install the new pane, to which he agrees.
Anton then measures the dimensions of the window and has Perry write them down.
He then tells Perry to go to the hardware store and have them cut a piece of glass to those dimensions.
Perry says he’ll go right now and he’ll take Penny and Easton with him.
Easton is very excited to go look at all the stuff there.
Anton tells Kamilla to ‘come and see her new room.’
First, she kisses Easton goodbye and he kisses her in return.
That’s all I had written to this story, but there are plans I have to go with it:
Fast forward to July of 1991, over two years later.
Easton and Kamilla had strongly bonded with each other and became very close. They are just about in love if one could call it that.
Kamilla comes running out of her dad’s house screaming and crying because she learned that they are moving back to The Ukraine to care for a dying relative. She continues crying and states that she hoped that they would grow up together and maybe even get married.
Easton kisses the tears off her face and says how they should play together while they still can.
He then asks, ‘Where is The Ukraine?’ and Kamilla replies that ‘it’s on the other side of the world.’
Easton then says quite prophetically that, “One day, there will be a way for people to talk to each other and see each other even though they are on other sides of the world. We can use that when it is invented.”
Kamilla seems distressed and unsure.
They sit together in the grass for a bit then Kamilla says, “I have an old calculator I want you to have. My dad gave it to me and now I want you to have it. I know you like to play with that kind of stuff and I want you to remember me with it.”
Easton then replies “OK, then I want you to have the swirl to my Shelcore Activity center.”
They exchange their items.
I have yet to write the scene where Kamilla and her dad move away, but one day I will. It will require a lot of emotional energy to do so, I can see that for sure.
Fast forward to Easton’s teen years (2000-2007): He is obsessed with Kamilla to the point where it is unhealthy but generally harmless. He teaches himself how to work on computers and every day carries a vintage Mini Maglite flashlight. The reason behind him doing this is that the said flashlight was invented in 1984, the same year Kamilla was born and also it was invented by an Eastern European machinist, named “Tony” very similar to Kamilla’s dad. He also carries the calculator Kamilla gave him in the same pocket as his flashlight. The calculator is an Elektronika MK-61.
Then, fast forward to 2005: Easton is a senior in high school and has a side hustle of repairing other people’s computers. With some of the money he earns, he collects calculators, especially those from the vintage Soviet era. He soon graduates and gets a job at an office supply company but also and begins attending community college taking up Information Technology and English.
In 2006, nineteen-year-old Easton gets his own apartment.
In 2008, he begins his career at age twenty-one as an online blogger.
In 2009, as a lonely twenty-two-year-old, he signs up for Facebook and uses it to search for Kamilla Davidov, still obsessed with her.
In 2014, Russia annexes Crimea, Ukraine and the factory where Anton works is bombed, killing him. Twenty-seven-year-old Easton learns of this on the news and decides to do a frantic search for Kamilla Davidov on Facebook. Finally, he sees her picture and is overcome by her beauty. She is twenty-nine-going-on-thirty. The war between Russia and The Ukraine prompted her to get on social media.
Easton friend requests her and writes a message “Hi. I don’t know if you remember me or not or even if I have the right person. However, I knew someone by your name as a child and she was someone whom I really cared about. Did you live in the United States from 1989-1991? Please let me know either which way and I’m sorry if I have the wrong person.”
She instantly accepts, and replies, “Yes. I most definitely remember you. I still have your Shelcore Swirl toy. Do you still have my calculator?”
“Of course I do, I carry it on me all the time.”
They begin exchanging messages and he eventually convinces her to come to the United States where she will be safe.
That’s all I have. I’m willing to write some more of this one day, but I’ll need a very high amount of emotional energy to do so.
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