Welcome to the two hundred and fifty-sixth in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story from the following sentence start: As Emily stepped off the train…. Here is my 213-worder.
Em… ill… ee…
As Emily stepped off the train, a voice behind her said her name. She swung round but the carriage was empty. She’d seen people getting off at the previous stop and thought she was alone, but she’d heard something. Not just something but her name.
Em… ill… ee…
The train moved out of the station and she watched it disappear. She’d come to Wilton Morgrave to start a new life but already felt uneasy.
The family she was due to work for was supposed to send someone to meet her but the platform was deserted.
The heater groaned and shuddered to a stop, and the warmth that hit her when she’d first walked into the room dissipated with alarming speed. She buttoned up her coat and sat on one of the chairs opposite a large art deco poster showing a train from the 1930s. The poster looked new, for an exhibition Emily assumed, and she was studying the detail when the door opened and a man walked in.
Emily stared again at the poster, and the two-dimensional portrait of the man. As she turned back to him, she recognized the voice. Em… ill… ee…
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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