I have no idea what just happened
The Titan Trump image has given me the heebie-jeebies. I will have nightmares. Thank you, Nick!
There needs to be a boilerplate disclaimer for such enormitous missives: "No illegal drugs are required for the writing or reading of this."
"I tell you, sometimes you really do feel that the universe is screwing with you."
I'm getting flashbacks to March 2020 and my now-trunked novel. If spending five years working on a meticulously researched novel about a global pandemic only to get gazumped by reality isn't proof that the universe fucks with people, I don't know what is.
By the way, your sand-pit reference made me think of “Gone-Away World”. We all know what happened at the sand-pit in that story.
OK, I'm going to bite: should it be cachet, not caché?