Chapter 2

"Hey, you all right there?"

"Yes, thank you."

"Okay, 'cause there's a company policy that says we can't let anyone stay for hours unless they spend enough money to make it worth it. Two cups of coffee aren't cutting it."

"Oh. I apologise."

"But… I tend to forget that policy if the customer tells me what makes them spend… two hours in a coffee shop without doing a single thing but nurse his cup of coffee."

"I'm trying to find out how to get home."

"That's not enough."

"A man I thought I could trust stole my most valuable possession, took me far from the people I… love, and possibly any last shreds of trust they had for me, then stranded me in the middle of a forest. I got help from a kind woman to guide me here, and now I am trying to find out both where I am and how I can get back to my family."



"That's enough."

"Thank you."

"I can help you. Let me just grab a map."




"Right, so we're here. D'you know where your family is?"

"No, not really."

"That's… weird."

"They… move around a lot, and recently settled down somewhere. The one time I went to visit, I was injured and they drove."

"Well, that makes things more difficult. Any clue at all?"

"I believe I heard one of them saying it was in… Lebanin?"


"Yes, Lebanon."

"That's in Asia."

"No… they live in the USA, I'm sure of it. The man in the grocery store had an accent similar to your own."

"I guess… there could be a town called Lebanon? I'm from Kansas, by the way. Would that be where they live?"

"It would have a certain… poetic element to it, I suppose."


"That's where they were born."

"Oh! Then it makes sense they'd go back."

"I don't think they chose what state, but yes."

"Divine intervention, then. I'm sure angels like the romantic aspect of it."


"Hey, are you okay?"

"Yes. I am okay."

"If… you're sure."

"I am."

"Well, if you go to the library, you can Google this Lebanon place."

"Could you possibly direct me to the library?"

"Sure. But first, you owe me for your coffee."

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