Strangers on a Train

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

The train to O’Hare Airport isn’t a place where good things typically happen. She was as startling as a perfect rose found in an alley. I took the seat next to her. She even smelled like a flower. Then, she turned and smiled at me.

“Headed out of town?” She lifted a handful of hair, exposing her neck, and let it fall.

I was almost speechless, “L.A. on business.”

“I love L.A. Take me with you,” she laughed.

“Maybe next time.” I was serious.

“Do you live in Chicago?” She sounded hopeful.

“Lincoln Park,” I fumbled in my backpack, trying to find a business card.

Something fell on the floor between us.

“Oh, my earring,” she said.

The train lurched, and the earring rolled across the aisle.

“I’ve got it.” I dodged the standing crowd and retrieved the hoop. My stop was next.

“Text me.” she handed me a card.

“I couldn’t believe my luck. I held that card in my fist as if it might disappear. When I got to security, I dared to look. The word “Sucker” was printed on it in bold black letters. I searched the backpack for my wallet, and of course, it wasn’t there.  



Submitted: June 09, 2019

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Excellent twist in the tail tale.

Mon, June 10th, 2019 7:53pm

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