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Orson and his sister Alana had enjoyed a running joke, one time, about Hawaiians hoarding all the vowels and the Serbs hoarding all the consonants. He'd make up names of Yugoslavian war criminals, like Brdyzstan Krmudgnlik, and she would reply with the names of their Polynesian mistresses, like Aloanauiala Holaoli, though how the two lovers happened to be in the same country was never stated.
But then Orson fell into physics and went away to graduate school, and the romantic fate of the Serbo-Pacific lovers was never settled.
He had spent many years studying the behavior of neutrinos (which Alana said were small fur-bearing animals) and just as many years reading all about genetics and the occurrence of Asperger's Syndrome in non-twin siblings.
But the inability to change is hardly ever due to information deficit, and no amount of books or scholarly journals could help Orson overcome his complete indifference to all human emotions save that of ironic humor.
It was as if love were a vowel belonging only to some people who hoarded it away, and he was a man caught in wintry Serbia, destined to forever mete out his feelings through consonant-clenched teeth.