D read this week’s story and remarked that it has the same type of ending as “Antique”—i.e., one character making a flip remark.
I’m also quite aware that it’s yet another alien-artifact mystery (like “The Forty” and “Finale”) and, though it does have a self-contained conflict and resolution, feels like the teaser to a longer piece (like “Bachelor of Science” and “Ghosts of Earth”).*
Am I getting into a rut? You tell me.
* For the record, I am working on longer versions of all three of those stories.