SHORT STORY the ballad of burning hearts, a duet. WILBUR SOOT © 2022 oephira After an intoxicated June impulsively booked a plane ticket to Vienna. She ventures through the capital of Austria with no plan in mind, trying her best to enjoy her own company and find herself. But when that doesn't work, she decides to go out for a night of clubbing. Where she meets a stranger for the second time that day. Instantly befriending one another and pouring out secrets after a couple drinks. But he leaves without an explanation, no number, no email. No way to reach each-other. Nothing but an alias. Three years later, their paths cross again.