The End of the Line

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 13, 2019

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The train slowed to a stop in front of the platform, and commuters rushed to board. Kerry lurched forward with them, intent only on getting through the doors. The crowd pushed against him; he nearly lost his travel case. Gripping the handle, he just managed to get inside, and he kept going until he saw the last empty seat in the car; about to be taken by a lanky teen. Kerry shoved the kid and claimed the seat.

"Not fair, man!" the teen said, but the train marshalls directed him to the doors--along with the others who hadn't found a seat in time. Outside, those on the platform tried to board. The marshalls hit them with their batons until they dispersed. Then the doors closed.

Nobody really tried to break onto the train anymore; not since the law changed to allow the marshalls to carry semi-automatics. After that, they'd put down anyone who tried to get on illegally.

Secure today, Kerry rested against the seat cushion. Tomorrow he'd do it again. That was the sole option; only people seated on a train worked. The rest stayed behind to steal or scavenge outside the city.


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