Train Tracks

September 9, 2012
Custom User Avatar
More by this author
The silence of the night was shattered as the train emerged out of the tunnel, only the moon lighting its way.

I looked out of the window, the shadowy figures, almost unrecognizable now, moving slowly across my screen. This wasn’t my first time travelling late. My job needed me to attend a lot of meetings wide spread as they were, and well, I needed my job.

Reaching into my trusty leather bag and second home, I took out a rather worn out book. Flipping through the pages I took in its smell. Old books have an enchanting smell of libraries, adventures and ancient secrets.

“Hello there sir!”

Coming back to my senses I turned to see the coffee caterer.

“Good evening,” I replied politely, well aware that it was long past ‘evening’.

“Is this your first time abroad, mister? I haven’t seen you before,” the man with his huge physique angled himself comfortably, as if wanting to start a conversation.

“Why yes, yes it is. I haven’t been in this part of the country before,” I said maintaining a professional front.

“Haha…..of course you haven’t,” his eyes were gleaming. “Say, which book is that?”

“Oh this? It’s by an old author, I doubt you’ve heard of him.”

“Heard of him? I know him! Pleasant chaps a frequent passenger here, he is!”

I smiled to myself. He sure was trying hard to keep up the talk. He couldn’t have known the author, he died somewhere in the late eighteenth century. Poor man, I sympathised.

He bid me goodbye leaving me with a cup of coffee in my hands. The heat made me shiver. It was rather cold tonight.

Suddenly, the train came to a halt, nearly burning my tongue as it did. I looked around, annoyed. The station wasn’t supposed to arrive for another five hours. I panicked. This wasn’t right.

The few other passengers in the train though looked unusually calm. I felt a chill run up my spine. Something was sinister about the entire atmosphere.

It smelt of ancient secrets.

As I was getting up I saw the coffee man come in.

“Now, now sir. You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

There were quite a few audible chuckles at that. I shuddered.

“… why has the train stopped so abruptly?” I could feel cold sweat trickle down my neck.

The man paused to smile…knowingly.

“Nothing to worry about. We’ll be starting soon enough.” There was a high pitched whistle. “There we go! Buckle up now, ladies and gentlemen!”

Not being able to react on time, I was thrown back. The train had accelerated. Still sunken deep into my seat, I glanced towards the window.

It was hardly noticeable, hardly at all, but I was sure that the train had left its track. Left the ground and was zipping through the air.

That’s when I realized it.

I was on the wrong train.

Post a Comment

Be the first to comment on this article!

bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback