The Walt Disney Problem

A Short Story

Ken Preston

13 December 2023

The Eiffel Tower

He looked at the Eiffel Tower. ‘Which Disney films are set in Paris?’

She held up her hand, counted on her fingers. ‘Ratatouille, The Aristocats, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Beauty and the Be—Wait, no, that’s set in Alsace, in the South of France.’

‘And how many times have we met here, on this bridge?’

She narrowed her eyes at him. ‘I’m not sure, seven, maybe eight times?’

‘Six,’ he said. ‘This is our sixth time, but you can’t remember that, can you?’

‘What does it matter? Who cares how many times we’ve met here?’

He stood up straight, rolled the kinks out of his shoulders. ‘I told you, you’ve got a Walt Disney problem.’

And he walked away.

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