“I love you,” he whispered.
She crossed her arms, staring in the opposite direction as if she could wish herself away. “You don’t know what you’re saying.”
Every seat in the train was taken, every available space filled. She stared out the door window, felt his warm breath against her neck. If only she’d gotten on a different carriage.
“Saying is one thing; feeling another.” Although he kept his voice low, every ear in the vicinity was tilted towards them.
She looked at him, then. His eyes were the same blue gray she remembered but they no longer made her breath catch. “Another man wouldn’t have let me walk away if he loved me so much.”
That brought out the side of him she knew best. His expression darkened, his lips hardening into a thin line. “Much has changed since you left me.”
Her voice rose. “Me, left you?”
“You were the one that walked away.” His voice was tinged with anger. She caught the eye of an eavesdropper but didn’t care who could hear them now. The train was slowing; soon she’d make her escape.
“Away from a man who cares only for the things he can’t have.”
His love had burned for her like a candle in a cross wind. As soon as she’d fallen for him the flame had gone out, and she had had to content herself with the ephemeral traces of his love, dissipating into the air like so much smoke.
The train rolled into the station. His ling fingers wrapped around her wrist, clammy skin against hers. He was desperate, she realised. Truly desperate, and so very alone.
“Have you forgotten everything we shared,” he whispered, “and all the fun we had?”
The train doors opened. She stepped off the train, jerked her wrist free. The gap where her body had been was a yawning emptiness beside him.
All she said was: “Had.” And then again, to ensure he’d understood: “Had.”
Sentence trains: where the last word of every line of dialogue is the first word in the following line.
The idea spawns from this amazing short story by MCM… and it’s a lot harder than it looks!
You’re hereby challenged to write your own sentence train story – please post a link in the comments!