Sunday Photo Fiction – March 3, 2019

Here is this week’s photo, courtesy of C.E. Ayr.
Our challenge is to write a story in 200 word or less.

Was it on Platform One or to meet him off the one o’clock train?
Best play safe and amalgamate the two.
He waited.
Would he recognise him? It had been years since they’d parted.
It was steam trains then.
As kids they’d hung over the bridge and breathed in the steam. It had a smell all of its own.
It wasn’t the same now.
Nothing was.
War had seen to that.

The train pulled in and he stood.
Five past one. Late, but not by much.
The doors opened.
Nothing like the old days of sliding down windows and leaning out to open the door from the outside.
He was there, uncertainty written all over his face.
Their eyes met.
Tears formed.
His pace gathered speed to cover the distance.
He bent down over the wheelchair to hug and embrace.
He was so thin, so frail.
But he was his brother.
He was home.

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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11 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – March 3, 2019

  1. Nova says:

    Was a sweet reunion!

  2. Sadje says:

    A lovely story!

  3. Abhijit Ray says:

    Glad they met after so many years. The train you described, I can relate. Took me back many years to steam loco era.

  4. John Yeo says:

    A lovely tale of reunion. The wheelchair was a surprising turn. Thanks.😊

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