Start your story with someone sitting on a crowded train and end it with them looking out over beautiful natural scenery.
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“A Villain Arrives at Vorotyntsev Station” by The Manticore
Roday Rostovich Ranovichi sits on the metro, alone and happy as usual. He is only happy when he’s alone, when there’s no one else around wearing weird smelly clothes and offending his eyes and nose. Roday does not consider himself to be lesser than anyone, nor does he see himself as superior. He knows himself to be superior. First, he’s good-looking, but he’s also learned to use that to his own advantage. He is not a man you’d want on your bad side, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to get on his ...
“Going to Job Corps” by Rose Tilly
August 14, 2006, Ms. Otis picked us up but however, we were in a such a rush that I forgot the folder with my ID in it. A voice told Ann to get quarters. (By the way, this is our first train ride ever.) Ann asked,"why?" The voice did not answered. "Come on, the train will be leaving in two minutes" said Ms. Otis. It was about 6:58AM or maybe 7:...
“Sweet, Painful Memories” by Sharon Peters
*Sweet, Painful Memories* He was still, sinking deep into the leather black seat of the train, his emerald green eyes boring out the window, staring at nothingness as the moving train sped through, heading all the way to Detroit. The black circles and puffiness around the skin of his eyes attested to endless tears he had shed and the unbearable pain and sadness that murdered him.He pulled his tiresome gaze from the speeding scenery from outside the moving train.His unmoving gaze fell unto the rou...
“The Way Home” by Gabriella Pagan
Even though the weatherman proclaimed it was to be a gorgeous, sunny day, the sky in the city was always a perpetual grey. This didn’t particularly surprise Kat - the sky was always inky from the constant factory smoke. The skyscrapers invaded the sky, made it less visible. It was constantly rainy and wet. The streets were full of worn garbage and sludge on the worst of the rainy days. People seldom interacted - most wer...
“Down the Endless Tracks” by Kat Sencen
CHOO!CHOO!The locomotive whistles, a train’s usual high, but at the same time low sound, piercing the coal-smelling, dusty air as we take off down the tracks. We start out slow, then gain speed in the first thirty seconds. People are all around me, hoping we’ll get to Chicago for the Christmas Fair without any disturbances. I look out the window that I’m lucky to have a spot next to to see New York City’s brick buildings rushing past me. I can spot them in the distance as they're coming up, but they seem so...
“Corporate Punishment” by J.J. Warby
An itchy grey suit, a sentimental watch, and a pistol tucked into his belt. This was all the old man had left to lose on this tour. The train sat idle, large and bright like the lush valley housing its tracks. For Clint Rogers, the juxtaposition between the machinery and the greenery was too painful to ignore. He stood among fat cats with skyward noses and fox skin scarves. They blabbered, excited to board. He overheard them swapping obnoxious tales of their financial exploits, future construction plans, and designer drugs. Wafts of unnec...
“I'm Almost Home” by Zahra Naazir
Lucy rushed in through the closing doors and knew she had made it. A train would transport her far away. Far away from the flat that had wasted many years of her life. She looked around and was suddenly overwhelmed by the bobbing heads of strangers. The panic was real. She couldn't breathe. She huddled up in her seat and realized why the many eyes rested on her. Her bare feet, the shaggy clothes and the overgrown, unmanaged hair. Her blanke...
“Mark and Linda ” by Rose Quartz
“I don’t want you hiding any more secrets from me,” Linda said to Mark. “I haven’t hid anything from you.” Mark claimed. “Then how do you explain the death threats in your computer? Did you write those to yourself?” “I am in danger, Linda. I didn’t want to put you in danger by telling you about it.” Mark said. A new notification had appeared in your i...
“Gewehr 98” by John Del Rio
Rockhampton Express. For an express train, it did seem to be somewhat; not. There had been multiple stops; many of them unexpected, along the way of an already lengthy rail trip. This particular coach was fairly crowded. The bench style seats held 3 adults comfortably, and nearly every single one was full. For almost the entire journey, he had a bench all to himself. He was several hours...
“The World Through a Child's Eyes” by Lily Rebecca 🐰🐾
My battered brown shoes act as a mirror. Reflecting my unworthiness. My hand brushes against the side of my face. My hair clings to my sodden cheek, making me seem small and dirty. The train rattles on. Its carriages swaying up and down with the motion of the tracks. Rain beats against the windows, its soft sound lulling me into a place of peace. A man moves near me and immediately walks away. I sigh and put my hands in my lap. No one sits near me. An orphan abandoned at the mere age of 2. My brother, Auberon, looked after me. Until he di...
“Adrenaline” by Keri Dyck
Sam couldn’t help the grin that spread across his face as he read the notification on his phone. A shadow fell across him. He hurriedly turned it off, tucked it in his pocket, and glanced up. It was just a fellow passenger returning from the washroom. His heart pounded. Adrenaline. His head whirled with the possibilities. How was he going to do this one? Kidnapping, the text had said. Well, that was simple enough. Sam stood up, holding the headrest of t...
“Murder Train” by Raymond Ogilvie
First class was heavy with perfume, the scent so thick it could’ve had a physical presence. A splitting migraine ensued and it was only eleven thirty. I decided I needed a break from the alcoholic air and made my way to the lavatory, nearing the caboose. Upon arrival (not even entrance!) I instantly wished I had toughed out my headache. A nauseatingly rotten smell had assaulted me. It came from the lavat...
“we'll be alright in time ” by Kiki Shanae
" its okay to cry Pete " My bestfriend Michael comforted me as my tears kept flowing like a waterfall , a waterfall that pours its sadness in my soul. I miss my mama. Just last night I was getting ready to bed whilst my mama was reading me a bed time story as I hug my teddy bear, now I am inside a train with my cabin having five other boys headed to a "safer place" they said, the only thing that has not changed is the fact that Im still hugging my teddy. Michael is a year older than everybody else inside t...
“A TRAIN SCENERY” by Opher 51 2022 REYES
A year ago, I went to Multan via train throughout the late spring get-away. I significantly appreciated this rail line venture as I acquired some important encounters during it. A colleague of mine and I were going together to Multan. The train began from Lahore at 8 on a June morning. The sunrays were hitting our compartment straightforwardly, so we needed to put down the shades over the windows. Some way or another, th...
“ Next Stop: Eternity (the sequel to "Proof Positive")” by Philip Clayberg
Roughly south-southwest of the town of Uyuni in western Bolivia is a train graveyard. So the story goes, every new moon, a ghost train arrives at the graveyard. It stops for several minutes, as if picking up passengers, and then moves on again, disappearing in the darkness. This was the information Boss gave us in Washington DC. This and up-to-date photos, some from satellites, but mostly from th...
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