Time and Space Died Yesterday
by Brandon Echter
And the Americans of the Revolution are fighting alongside the British of the Great War and Alan takes a box cutter to one of Helen's paintings and she knows that this, their marriage, their life together is over, the spilled pinot bleeding into the white carpet of their penthouse on the Upper East Side, which is also their first apartment together in the mid-early-late 70s in Georgetown, where they both go to college, which is also the hotel kitchen where Sirhan Sirhan kills Robert Kennedy as he celebrates his 10th birthday, and Alan spots Helen for the first time in the study area on the first floor of Lauinger reading a Vonnegut novel, and Helen sees Alan for the last time at his funeral, years after the divorce, all the bitterness muted by the time apart.
and Alan approaches the table at the Library of Alexandria, Congress, and the elementary school Helen attends in Annapolis, takes the chair opposite her, and whispers, "So it goes," and she looks up from her book to meet his confident, oblivious smile that college kids can pull off, and Kurt first thinks the phrase while in some apartment in upstate New York, and the last member of the Baby Boomer generation dies peacefully in their sleep in a retirement community in submerged ancient West Palm Beach, where Ponce de Leon searches for the fountain of youth, and despite herself Helen smiles back.
and at the corner of 5th Avenue in Prohibition New York and the Appian Way in rural Gaul, Alan and Helen go to a benefit dinner, the last meal they will ever share as a couple, so Alan can receive an award for his work as a muckraking, incredulous investigative reporter while Edward R. Murrow reports above the streets of London during the Great Fire, and it's while Alan is giving his acceptance speech that Helen realizes that she is sick of these high society things, that she hates all the people in the room, and she looks at Alan and realizes that he is among the people she hates most.
and Helen and Alan are sitting over pizza in the small shop below their first apartment in Georgetown, while L'Enfant plans the District of Columbia outside and Alan wonders aloud about trying out for their university's radio club, and Alan makes a pun that he can barely finish because he's laughing at it so hard at himself and Helen admits to herself that she could spend a lot of time with that dork, maybe (but not) the rest of her life.