Worth A Thousand Words (WATW) 29 October

For today’s Three Things Challenge, the words are: train, voyage, dream.

It came out of the mist like a magical dragon breathing steam instead of fire.
Archie stood transfixed as it hissed to a standstill.
He could see the driver wiping his brow with a sooty handkerchief as the guard alighted from the carriages further down.
‘Come lad, no time to waste,’ his Granfer said, offering his hand to pull him up into the engine.
‘It’s so hot in here!’ Archie said.
‘Of course lad, got to stoke the boiler and get her to run. You can pull the whistle cord if you like!’
Archie pulled on the cord and a shrill whistle echoed on the air.
‘It’s wonderful! Can I do it again?’
His Granfer nodded, pleased to see Archie’s face aglow.
‘All aboard!!’
Another whistle blew, Granfer pulled on the levers, and they were away.
It was a perfect day, even more so as it would be the last they shared.

Nothing is impossible in a dream, thus Granfer and Archie explored the world.
They took a wondrous voyage to the moon and back, laced the stars on moonbeams as fairylights, replacing rain with angel dust. Cloudy skies were turned to candy floss, and the sun wore a happy smile. Their laughter echoed forever in his head, as did the memory of that final train ride all those years ago.
Every day Granfer awoke to face reality and accept that Archie would always be six.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Worth A Thousand Words (WATW) 29 October

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith says:

    That is so sad. Good but sad.

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