“The Sun and I,” by K. J. Parker
Found here in the summer 2013 issue of Subterranean Press Magazine
16,052, including the epigraph
A fine, fine piece of philosophical fiction.
“We had many long conversations, the dead man and me. He told me he was a pilgrim, on his way to the celebrated desert oracle at Cocona. He’d gone there to get the answer to a very important question which had subsequently slipped his mind; the answer, though, was, Yes, but it will not end well. Looks like they were right, I told him. Well, of course, he said, it’s a very reliable oracle.”