“The Magic Novel” / Memorable Fancies #1226

You’re in chapter 17 of a novel you’re reading. The characters are moving toward a climax that might be satisfying, might be tragic. What happened to lead to this uncertain end? You flip back to chapters 7, then 5, then 2. Ah, there it is, the small event that set it all in motion, the event almost overlooked at the time.

But there is a Magic Novel, too; not the one you were reading. In the Magic Novel, as you turn back to chapter 7 you don’t, quite, read what you read there before. Chapter 7 is shifting, becoming obscure, or becoming clear in a different way. And chapter 5, and chapter 2: yes, the story wasn’t the way you remembered it; not at all. And then chapter 7 again and it’s different yet again. In agitation, you flip to the safe harbor of chapter 17, where everything is real, solid, sure: the fictional present. But – now it isn’t the same, either. It’s changed since you took that detour back to chapter 7 and 5 and 2, that adventure into memory. You see the story differently now; past events change and shift, even as they’re being remembered.

—     The Magic Novel is your life.


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