|The story references Niflheim from|
|Norse Mythology; hence this picture|
of Valhalla by Max Brückner.
Lillian grows up trapped in a society where emotional extravagance represents good citizenship. She hopes to find refuge in a non-emoting exile and uses the vulnerable memory-emotion link of a fellow student to retrieve classified information. His memories reassert themselves as Lillian prepares to take the final step."Cold Passion" is also a satire. I wrote it shortly after I first started teaching and became the recipient of dozens of students' sob stories.