| Joe Steele |
Relevant POD: July, 1932
|Novel or Story?:||Novel only|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States (born in Japan)|
|Spouse:|| Unnamed husband (d. 1946)|
Midori Sullivan, née Yanai Midori was the second wife of Mike Sullivan. The two met in Wakamatsu in 1950. Midori was a widow; her husband was in one of the units stationed in the Philippines that fought on even after the death of Hirohito in 1946 ended World War II. Midori had studied the English language before the war, and after the Japanese War, she went to Wakumatsu to teach Japanese students. She met her future husband after he'd politely greeted her in Japanese. After talking briefly, the two began a courtship. In 1952, Mike asked Midori to marry him, and she accepted.
They were married, and, after Mike was discharged from the Army, the pair traveled to the U.S. in December 1952. After passing through INS in San Francisco, Mike was admonished to stay in the interior of the country. Mike had already reached out to his fellow, former prisoner, John Dennison, who arranged for Mike to have work in Wyoming. He met the couple when they arrived in Casper.
On March 5, 1953, President Joe Steele died. Midori, who'd also only known the reign of Steele since the fall of Japan and her arrival in the U.S., likened the atmosphere in Casper to what Japan went through upon the deaths of first General Tojo and then the Emperor. (Mike had never told her that he was the first person to identify Hirohito's corpse, and didn't now.) When she asked if Steele's successor, John Nance Garner, was strong enough to keep the presidency, and if someone might take it from him, Mike admitted he didn't know.
Mike followed the changes Garner made with interest, including the exile of Steele's closest aides to ambassadorships. At about that time, Midori informed him that she was pregnant.
The two watched with interest as President Garner faced impeachment. Mike derived one unexpected benefit when Garner, in a bid to halt the impeachment, issued an executive order eliminating the restricted zone for former wreckers. Mike and Midori now saw new opportunities for themselves. Later that year, Midori gave birth to a daughter, Brenda.