Boxcar – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Today’s photo is by C. E. Ayr (hooray for me!), taken at Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC.
And, for the benefit of Dawn, Alastair and some others with deeply suspicious minds, let me assure you that no Canadian Pacific railway employees were killed during the creation of either the picture or the story.
Nearly.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© C.E. Ayr

© C.E. Ayr

Click here to hear me read aloud this 60-second story:
Boxcar

The boxcar catches my eye.
It is just one among hundreds, maybe thousands, at the railhead, but I pause, stare.
I am not good with colours, but this is so vibrant that I see it clearly.
It is purple.
I understand immediately it is from another place, another world, another dimension.
I move to slide open the door, but my nerve-damaged arm finds it too heavy.
A gap appears, widens.
A small woman gazes at me.
She smiles, extends her hand.
She links her fingers through mine, and my hand responds.
Then, in 100 words, she teaches me to write.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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111 Responses to Boxcar – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Ah, to be immortalized in story! No doubt Rochelle has had quite a blusher with this one. 😉 Again, listening to you read, makes the whole thing more remarkable. Lovely, CE.

    An aside, what happened to your arm. No need to answer, if you prefer not. I rarely use filters; I just ask.

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    • ceayr says:

      I don’t think that appearing in Sound Bite Fiction qualifies as ‘immortalised’!
      Glad you enjoy the reading too.
      Nerve damage, still trying to suss it after about 9 months.

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  2. Such a lovely homage to our great leader! 🙂

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  3. Oh I love this very much.
    Rochelle would love this.

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