A Good Idea

A good idea presents itself as a man in a gray suit traveling by train. He’s got two leather suitcases stowed in an overhead rack and is holding his hat in his lap as he gazes out the window at the wintry landscape. When the train pulls into the station, he lets his fellow passengers jockey through the aisle before he stands and helps a brittle old woman with her bags. On the platform he divorces himself from the crowd until he spots you whistling along in your yellow hat and your jaunty white shoes, oblivious to the turn your life is about to take. He steps out just far enough for the two of you to brush shoulders and a thousand synapses fire in the northern reaches of your brain like when a small village lights up as word spreads that in its glass coffin the corpse of its patron saint has suddenly opened its eyes.

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