A short, but effective story. After an argument with his partner, the protagonist takes himself off on a hike through the forest to the local coffee shop. Over a coffee he watches a car pull up, two men get out and argue their way through ordering their own coffee, but is intrigued by the girl/young woman/woman/older woman they are travelling with.
He steps outside for a short conversation, and he has a conversation that gives him an altogether new take on life, the universe and everything. (SPOILER ALERT : he’s living in a universe that’s a short-term working backup of the real universe!)
Good characterisation and a clever idea, the the focus on subtle and human.
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