Read this story 20-30 years ago but it was probably old then.

A team of operatives (from the future?) tries to influence the actions of one key man to prevent devastation of earth. In one world this man is a high-handed snob...I remember he’s ordering breakfast and the waiter asks him if he wants fries; our protagonist frowns and says, “It is Wednesday” ... apparently that’s a holy day In this timeline and fries are forbidden then. And he and another man bump into each other accidentally and a duel ensues.

Can’t remember the second timeline, but the fries incident and the duel repeat, I think.

The last is basically 20th century US and our hero is just a regular guy. “Fries?” “No, thanks.” Bumps into the guy, both say “Sorry” and go their way.

Does this ring any bells with anyone?

  • What do you mean by duel? Like do they bring out their swords or use their fists? – Möoz Nov 8 '17 at 22:21
  • Also, check out How to ask a good story-ID question? to see if it helps jog your memory. – Möoz Nov 8 '17 at 22:22
  • Not fists. More like swords or something similar, but I can't remember all the details. If I recall correctly (and I'm not sure I do) our protagonist keeps getting killed or keeps killing someone who needs to live. I'll check the link. Thanks. – Kathleen Nov 9 '17 at 7:35

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