“Hello,” said a friendly voice. “How are you doing?”
The old man turned on the crumbling stone steps and stared at the teenager who was interrupting his journey. “I am fine,” he said. “But you are naughty for startling me.”
“I am not missing,” Grandpa said. “I’m right here. Please do not deprive me of my quest to climb the tower of the gods.”
“But Grandpa, this is a Wendy’s.” The boy took the old man’s arm. “Let’s go home, OK?”
The old man blinked and looked around. Gone was the misty forest and decaying castle. In its place was a parking lot and a fast food restaurant. His face hot with shame, he allowed his grandson to help him hobble down the sidewalk.
“Don’t worry, Grandpa,” the boy said. “I’ll just tell everyone we went for an early morning walk.”
“Thank you.” The old man smiled as a silver dragon disappeared into the clouds.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See 38.
Image credit – Stefan Keller – Pixabay.
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