Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction
The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below. To read stories written by others, click on the links tool below.
Train Track Trilogy
Kim and Mark stood on the platform. The arriving train will take Mark out of her life. Kim tried to get him to stay, promising that she will get help, get clean. He had given her chances before and each time, she didn’t follow through. He had no more chances left to give her.
A few feet away, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan stood looking up and down the tracks. When their daughter called last week asking to come home, they had tried to get her to stay at college but she seemed very upset. They’ll be glad to see her but are also anxious to know what went wrong.
The train arrived and Mark boarded quickly. Nearby, the Morgans embraced their daughter then moved towards the parking lot. With tears streaming down her face, Kim left the platform too.
Soon the platform was empty except for an old woman. She didn’t hold a ticket, wasn’t seeing someone off and wasn’t consulting a timetable for an arrival. In fact, Mildred had become a daily fixture at the station. In 1945, the telegram said he’d be arriving on the 9:00 am train. It didn’t say which date and she didn’t want to miss him.