Zima’s life was going nowhere. Then she heard about Chaos Theory, which says small changes in the beginning can yield unpredictable, non-linear outcomes. For example, butterflies flapping their wings in Peru can can cause flooding in China.
She thought: I’m going to make a change. Maybe something good will happen.
She gave up smoking. Bam. For a week.
It was hard. Too hard. She went out to buy a pack.
But in line, yet another reversal. No, I want to quit, just for health!
She turned around abruptly—bumping into a tall figure behind her.
“Hello,’ he said. “My name is Al.”