Getaway

After driving non-stop for an hour, it was time for a break. He pulled off into the Alabama welcome center in Grand Bay and got out, feeling the rush of seeing a view he couldn’t see from his balcony. He was greeted by statues of dolphins, octopi, catfish, and other sea creatures. Coming closer, he... Continue Reading →

The Train in the Field

To the farmer watching from the hillside, the old steam engine appeared to drag its coach across empty ground instead of pulling it along a disused branch line. He didn’t know the untamed grass and kudzu had rendered an ancient set of rails invisible. The engine’s wheels slipped more often than not as the greenery... Continue Reading →

The Step

She stood in the doorway, looking at the path in front of her, imagining the miles ahead, the tiring journey, the resources she'd need to reach her destination and what those resources would cost, the strangers she would meet on her way, and how reliant she'd be on their good will. She thought about how... Continue Reading →

A Safety Valve Bursts

A locomotive let off steam, and the roar made it suddenly safe for the sound to come out. It came unpushed and unbidden, erupting out of the throat, then reverberating off the trees and filling the valley. It wasn't a scream. It was a lifetime of buildup, every truth that could never be spoken, every... Continue Reading →

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