I read a short story in the early 2000s, about a disappearing street. I can't remember if I read it in English or Greek, or whether it had been translated from another language.
I think I remember a lot about the story's outline:
- The narrator was a young man and had an older man as a friend.
- The friend had discovered a street in their city that only existed at certain dates and times, and was telling the narrator about it. When the street didn't exist there was just a wall there.
- I think the entrance to the street was near a bridge, or under a bridge.
- They were afraid to enter the street in case it disappeared while they were in it.
- The friend eventually figured out the pattern of when the street appeared.
- The narrator received a letter from his friend asking him to meet in the street and bring something.
- The narrator walked into the street to meet his friend but had to remember he could only walk in as far as he could in half the time the street would be there, so he could be sure to leave before the exit was gone.
- The friend was there with some other people. I think they didn't speak and the narrator thought there was something strange about them but couldn't put his finger on what.
- The friend asked the narrator to make a choice about whether he'd stay or go back. The narrator decided to return and they never saw each other again.
Does the story sound familiar to anyone?