After the climax

“What now?”

After what had just happened, the question — a quiet explosion from somewhere in the back — seemed out of place. Wasn’t that enough? Did something else have to come next?

But it was a good question. Everything was going to be different now, and the difference would be profound. What now? What to do first? As sure as the last moment was the end, this next moment would be the beginning.

May as well start with the obvious.

“Now we move on,” she said, and sure enough, everyone started moving.

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