The Meaning Of

During a discussion about the meaning of life with my friend, we somehow began writing this story. I would write an installment, and then she would, completely making it up as we went. This is the result. Basically, for 70 some years, my friend searches for the grand question and answer to the meaning of life. Finally, after all that time, we come in contact again.


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The year was 2089. I hobbled down my driveway to my mail. The mail system was all but obsolete, but I still had the habit of checking it. Doing so reminded me of the simpler times of my youth. Today however, I was shocked to find a letter waiting for me. It was from my old friend, Carmen Ramirez. This was a surprise. I hadn't talked to her in 74 years. She had decided she would solve the grand mystery of life, and had become a recluse doing just that. Curious, I broke into the sealed envelope and cautiously withdrew the paper enclosed inside. Eagerly, I unfolded the crisp letter. It opened with ease. My eyes hungrily skimmed the dark pen markings that lined the note. I gasped. She'd done it. She had finally completed her life project. "The question," Carmen had written. "The question is...." 

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