O, little town of Bethel, Alaska. Things were finally looking up for you.
Denali, the Great One, soaring under the midnight sun.
A spicy kick to crisp northern air.
A whisper—a promise of foreign taco seasonings.
Yellow fliers announcing the opening of a Taco Bell franchise had begun appearing around town.
A world outside the bun for a population of 6,000.
Parents looked in from bedroom doorways on their sleeping children and smiled.
A silent prayer of thanks that sons and daughters would never know a life devoid of local fast food offerings.
But it was not to be.
It will never be.
A fake website and phone number posted on the devil's fliers.
The nearest Taco Bell: in Anchorage, 400 miles away.
And yet, on a tundra of misery, dreamers remain:
"Maybe now they'll think about it," said Bethel Chamber of Commerce director Bonnie Bradbury.
They will not.