The two passengers waited on the benches for a train that would never come. It had been over 70 years since they had begun the long wait, but for them it was only a few hours. Nobody saw them, and yet they were there, patient and resigned to the impersonal rules of the rail system.
“Did you hear that, Jeb? I think the whistle blew. It must be coming now.”
“No, Maggie. That’s just the wind through the tunnel.”
He grasped her hand and settled his gaze away from the defunct tracks, across the fields that were empty only in his memory.
Skylar Spring writes that flash fiction is “thinking like a camera lens – focus on a single moment or image in time.” Of course, having a great photo prompt helps in the process, but what life events stand out in the scrapbook of your mind? What could you write about in a minimum of words that would give readers a snapshot of the bigger story?
Leave a comment below, and link to your own flash fiction if possible.
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