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Friday Fictioneers – Return Journey

ff200515Station Master McPherson watched from his office doorway as I stepped from the train.

‘Evening, Harry’ he said, as I approached – the casualness of his greeting masking that it was nearly six years since we’d last met.

Outside the station I paused to breathe; to think. Overhead, dark clouds rumbled and lightning flashed as the heavens ripped apart. The familiar, pungent smells of the gas works were everywhere, even in the raindrops.

Across the street, the lace curtains of an upstairs window twitched before falling still.

Could I expect to find forgiveness in this place?

Did I deserve to?

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These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge. 

Friday Fictioneers – Last Stop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPiss stop!” spat the Guard.

Tired, chained bodies stumbled out into the baking heat.

A faint peal of church bells drifted across the scrubland. In the shimmering distance the familiar whitewashed walls of a village. An old man on a donkey stopped by the track.  The donkey’s tail swished at buzzing flies. The grey-bearded man took a deep swig of water from a battered canteen  – his eyes narrowed as they locked in on mine.

Back inside!

The carriage door slammed shut: glistening, warm sunlight once more replaced by stinking, oppressive darkness.

It would be a long time before I saw my home again.

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These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge