First I knew, text didn’t send. Searching, phone said. Nothing to worry about, right? Then someone’s conversation cut out.
Five minutes later damn train slowed and stopped. Took a while for even that to register. I learnt that people will sit in silence for a long time before complaining.
‘Daddy, why we stopped in the middle of nowhere?’
Guard didn’t come. No announcement.
Three hours ‘til we broke into the driver’s compartment.
After a day buffet car’s kitchen was as empty as the scenery.
Two days – search party left; didn’t never come back.
Took us a week to finish the water…
This is a 100-word(ish) story for Friday Fictioneers brought to us by the wonderful writer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and the picture this week is supplied by the writer, Jennifer Pendergast. Click here to join in with Friday Fictioneers, or here to read other people’s.
Last week I was delighted to learn that my novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize – a UK prize for debuts novels.
A book blogger at Word By Word is running a competition to win a copy of Our Endless Numbered Days. Anyone anywhere in the world can enter and it closes on 12th April.