"We're building new roads."

"Aren't you always?"

"From your hometown."


"So you can go back."

"I'm not planning on going back."

"We're giving you choices."

"I already know where I came from. I already know which road I took. Why do I need a new one?"

"You like it here now?"


"You've enjoyed everything so far?"

"Well, the road wasn't perfect, but I made it."

"It wasn't perfect."

"No it wasn't, but I don't need it to be perfect. Not anymore."

"What if we could change it?"

"The road back?"


"It doesn't matter. I'm not going back."

"We can change a lot of things now. And we have time to do it."

"What good is a new road if I'm not going back?"

"Imagine what a better road might have looked like."

"Yeah, so?"

"Would you have taken it, if you knew the journey would've been better?"

"Of course, but I'm here already. It doesn't matter anymore."

"So now you see all these roads from here back."

"Yes, so?"

"And you can see the one you would've picked if you had the choice."

"Yes, so?"

"And you know which one you actually took."


"You didn't take any of these other roads."


"Are you sure?"

"Of course... um, but I can see the others you've built since."


"They're all there on the map."


"Did I really take the old road?"

"I don't know. You tell me."

"I see the new one you just finished."

"It's nice isn't it?"

"But I couldn't have taken that. You just completed it yesterday."

"How can you tell?"

"I remember that."

"Are you sure?"

"I have memories of it."

"Like memories of the old road."


"But you can see the new road."


"Do you have memories of the new one?"

"Well I do now, if you shove it in front of me."

"Look on the map."


"You can see all the roads?"


"You have memories of all the roads?"

"I do now of course. They're all on the map."

"But you know which road you took."

"Yes, yes I do."

"You know which you would've liked to take."

"Um yes, yes I do."

"Are you sure they're different?"

"Shouldn't it be obvious?"

"You have memories of all of them now."

"You show me the map, of course I'll see them."

"Does the map tell you which roads are new and which are old?"

"No, but..."

"How can you tell then?"

"I remember. My memory banks tell me."

"Your memories were on the road you came in on."


"Are you sure your memories are correct? You see all the possibilities now."

"Yes, yes I do."

"You know which you would've preferred."

"Yes, but that comes with a different set of memories."

"But you can see those memories now."

"Yes, yes I can."

"You can see all possibilities now."

"Yes, I can now."

"Superimposed on top of each other."

"Isn't that what maps do, superimpose roads on top of one another."

"So they're all possibilities for how you arrived here."


"Does the one you came in on matter to where you are in your life now?"

"It kind of does. It's helped shape my character."

"Would your life be better if you had taken a different road?"

"Yes I suppose so."

"And you can see them all now."

"Yes, I can."

"And you know which would make your life better."

"Yes, I guess."

"What if you just chose the better one?"

"Choose my past?"


"That's ridiculous."

"Is it?"

"You can't choose your past, you can only choose your future."

"Is that so?"

"It's just logical."

"Why do we have time machines then?"

"That's different."

"How so?"

"Because they're actually changing it."

"So we can repair the old roads."

"Yes, I suppose you can."

"But what if we wanted to preserve the old ones?"

"Like for a historical museum or something?"

"Something like that."

"So instead of repairing one road, you're just going to build countless alternatives?"

"All to this town, and to others."

"And the map now shows me what they all looked like."

"Yes, yes it does."

"And I can just pick which one I would rather have travelled?"

"The others are still a possibility aren't they?"

"They'll always be a possibility."

"But you know which is the most likely to have led you here."

"It's just an opinion I suppose."

"The choice is yours."

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