Numbers - A Flash Fiction
Fourteen. One disappears: a woman slips on the sidewalk. He hears the crack of bone, her sharp intake of breath before the scream, and ignores it.
Thirteen to seven in a heartbeat. He misses the causes; they could be a butterfly's wing flapping.
His original timeline is brightening. Probabilities collapse; he shoves through the crowd. Five. Four.
He won't be scared this time.
"John?" She is there, confused. He'd just left.
He doesn't know what will happen when the timelines switch.
"I love you," he says, and kisses her.
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