My jaw drops on Duolingo stories!
Precisely, on French course, set 3 "An Interesting Conversation".
Also eye-opening ones are, in set 2 "Can I Help You" and "The Dance Class".
I want to know what's your favourite?
My favorite was Sugarloaf where the old lady helped the young man deal with his peur du vide or acrophobia while they were on un télépherique (cable car).. The story was intelligent and sweet without being sappy. There was an instant bond of friendship between these two wonderful characters in a story that was only a few hundred words long.