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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast
I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid referencing Coronavirus/COVID-19 in my stories. We get far too much of that in real life. I got an idea for a story from a conversation with my friend over the weekend. The train gave me the setting. I submitted, in both senses. What good is a mass-murdering pandemic if we can’t have some fun with it?
On The Perils Of Train Rides
“This seems like the worst possible time for a train ride. What about the virus?”
“It probably is, but the cars will be at half-capacity, and everybody will be wearing a mask.”
“With everybody wearing masks, how will they know if there’s a train robber.”
“He’ll be the guy with the gun.”
“Train robberies aren’t as common as they were 100 years ago or so.”
“What if they make a comeback like those chest-high pants from the 80s? You know, the pants-bra.”
“That’s not too likely, especially with fewer passengers.”
“This mask smells like farts.”
“That’s your breath.”