Stranger Station

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic


"Hey grandma, got a smoke?"

 

The young man loomed over her as he blocked Edith's path, looking grumpy and in a rush. Smiling sweetly she began to ruffle through her handbag.

"Oh yes, I've got some hand rolled ones right here son, their clove though! Hope you don't mind the taste, bit different than those store bought ciggies."

She kept smiling despite the man's grumbling impatience, pulling free a somewhat battered cigarette from an ornate ivory case and passing it to him.

"There you are son, no need to be rude. Next person may not be as nice as I am, you know."

"Whatever lady, not your son."

The man griped as he grabbed the smoke from her hand and shoved past her, lighting it with a deep drag into his lungs.

Shaking her head Edith continued her trip through the station, humming to herself as she walked away from the sounds of hacking and coughing behind her. She didn't look back as she headed for the train, not even as the thud of a body hitting the station floor sounded amid cries of alarm.

"I told you to be careful there son. Rudeness can leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth."


Submitted: April 29, 2020

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