Last night I couldn’t fall asleep..so I pulled this huge box out of my closet and started rereading some of the journals I kept off and on throughout high school. Pretty hilarious stuff. I didn’t remember having crushes on half of those guys..lol..
Madeline had forgotten about the train. It passed her window every night at exactly 9:05. She could, and on occasion had, set her clock by it. The melancholy whistle had been a comforting piece of familiarity after the most trying days.
Moonlight illuminated a clearing ahead. As they passed through a fringe of saplings on the edge of the forest, Madeline stopped and breathed a sigh of relief. The rough bark and fluttering crisp leaves of the woods were replaced by the hewn crossties and cold iron of the railroad tracks.
“Oh, thank you!” Overcome with rapturous emotion, Madeline flung her arms around Avery’s neck. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
A beam of light pierced the shadows and a low rumbling sounded. Startled, Madeline jumped back.
“After it passes, follow the tracks, and don’t get off until you’re home.”
Madeline nodded obediently. “But wait,” she grabbed his arm, feeling the chill of his skin penetrate her fingertips. “Where are you going?”
Avery brushed her hand away and took a step towards the tracks.
“I have a train to catch.”
To be continued..