I remember reading a story where a man lives in a small cabin outside of town. One day, a young woman approaches him and he realizes it’s his wife, only much younger. She asks him for directions and explains she has dreams of making it big. The man realizes if he tells her then, they may not meet. He tells her anyways and when he goes back to the cabin, it’s glowing with what awaits for him.

Does anyone know the title, or if it sounds familiar?

  • Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you read this, and when do you think it might've been published? Also, did you read it in an anthology, a magazine, or online? Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 0:30
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    What does "glowing with what awaits for him" mean? The cabin is on fire? The lights are all turned on?
    – user14111
    Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 1:15
  • Not Gene Wolfe's "A Cabin On The Coast".
    – tgdavies
    Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 10:29

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It is very similar to "The Dandelion Girl" by Robert F. Young.

It was asked about here.

He was on vacation in a cabin; his wife could not join him that year. The much younger woman - over twenty years younger - who meets him on walks in the hills around the cabin evokes strong feelings in him. He does not find out for a while: it turns out that she is time traveling from the future.

Why, I'm forty-four, he thought wonderingly, and she's hardly more than twenty. What in heaven's name has come over me? "Are you enjoying the view?" he asked aloud.

There are further details in the story about her father who invented or perfected time travel, and how the technology, and her chance to travel back again, is at risk, and sharply limited.

However, while it is still possible, she can of course travel back to any point in her past.This provides for the twist ending, and his encounter with her at two different ages, over twenty years apart, in her life.

She is both the young girl in her twenties he meets who reminds him of his wife, and his wife in her forties, who had to keep her time travel a secret from him (and everyone). For over twenty years....

Until after he learns, in his own timeline, by the chance find back at his home, that "they" are the same person.

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