There’s one way to find out what’s real but that one way hasn’t been proven yet. No one knows if that one way really even works. So Abby researches the concepts of it for her book. More for enlightenment than a good story. The future looks back at her. A breeze develops in the room and she can see the vortex Hail is returning through. Abby pats her own back because she knows Hail’s a mirror and his journey home was a challenge he didn’t turn his back on. She sees Hail eye the light. She adjusts a sleepy foot. The floorboards bend and whine as Hail’s weight shifts through the universe. If floorboards could have a memory, this moment would be one of them. Not a tic on the wall but a new timeline in the infinite universe. If infinity’s thing.