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It's a story in itself of course, but we have the suggestion of two stories leading in, the real and the imagined, and a vast open space to follow up. You can read a lot into it too, with the dissonance and material both central. The snowstorm is a good metaphor for what we don't see, but if it's an epos, rather what we don't see yet. It has me wanting to read more.
I'm glad! If you want to see more, you should write it!
I love this. So much communicated so vividly in such a short space. I hope you choose to either build an Expanders! epos, or continue it independently.