Riding the Train Down Into Darkness

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September 7, 2012 at 8:58 am  •  Posted in Fiction, Flash Fiction by  •  0 Comments

riding the night train down into darknessRiding into darkness, down to Washington, D.C., from Boston, the train begins to pick up speed on the outskirts of the city, past the aging warehouses with their darkened windows hiding churning machines and past the pungent wooden stalls of the fish market which grew out of the shadows of the nearby towering buildings, it seems, the hundreds of buckets and water tanks reflecting the dissolving light of day; past the red brick apartment complexes still pulsing and alive with screaming kids, and rattling quickly now along the highway which cut in half a small town where in the streets you can see old men slumped beneath tattered holiday wreaths hung beside vacant storefronts and more darkened windows, and into the hills beyond.

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Flash fiction: Riding the Train Down Into Darkness © 2012 by Shawn Radcliffe / Branáin

Modeled after William Styron’s Lie Down in Darkness

Photo: Night train (Bob Abell) / CC BY-SA 2.0

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