#95 No One’s Crying on this Train (400 words)

Inspired by: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Sadie and Tiffany spent the entire day on the train. They were scheduled to get to San Gabriel in the early afternoon on Saturday.

“Train travel is kind of dope,” Tiffany admitted. 

“Right?” Sadie agreed. 

“We get to see mountains and forests. We don’t have to worry about falling asleep and crashing.”

“We can’t fall out of the sky.”

“Hell yeah.”

“Ein’s going to be excited when I tell him we were on a train. For some reason, he thinks he can just get behind the controls and drive anything.”

“That’s a weird brag.”

“Right? I don’t get it. Like yeah, all cars are the same, you can drive any car.”

“You haven’t brought him up so far, and we’ve been traveling for almost a week.”

“Really?”

“Yep. Things not going well?”

“Is this something you’re comfortable talking about?”

“For sure. I’m worried about you. You just skipped town with me on a whim.”

“It’s okay. Ein’s fine. It’s just I’m not sure he’s boyfriend material. He doesn’t seem excited by anything. I have to drag him into every stage of the relationship like what’s his deal?

“When I was in Kentucky, I found out my first girlfriend was married and settled down. I’m still out here hustling with someone I can barely tell if they like me. 

“I really like him but wonder if we wouldn’t be better as friends. Someone I can visit every once and a while while I pursue more promising leads.”

“That sounds totally fair.”

“I think I’m going to call him when we stop. I don’t think he’ll even care.”

“Now, we can hit the singles scene together!”

Tiffany tried to sound chill, but her voice cracked as she said it. Sadie moved to comfort her, but Tiffany insisted she was okay.

“I’m fine. It just hits me all at once, sometimes. I’m moving on. I have no choice.”

“This train is carrying us to a new world. We’re we have endless possibilities.”

“Are you suggesting we stay?”

Sadie shrugged, “I mean, we can at least get fucked, right?”

A genuine smile stretched across Tiffany’s face. 

“I haven’t been with anyone new in over a decade. It sounds terrifying. And exhilarating.”

“Lucky for you, I can’t get anyone to stay with me. I’ll fill you in on the latest!”

Sadie and Tiffany moved closer and spoke of lude acts in hushed tones for hours. 

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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