Marco: Excuse me (turning around over the back of his seat)
Carly: (pulling headphones out of her ears by the cord) Huh?
Marco: Would you want this bottle of seltzer? It’s not open or anything, I just don’t want it.
Carly: (considers how this could be a trick) Sure. (takes bottle)
Marco: (turns around in seat, settles)
Train: (whistles) NEXT STOP RALSTON, NEXT STOP RALSTON!
Carly: (tapping outer armrest) What should I do with it?
Marco: (craning neck to side) What?
Carly: Do I just drink it plain?
Marco: Well you could. Some people do. Most people put it with alcohol—like for a drink?
Carly: Oh. (pause)
Carly: Do you have any alcohol?
Marco: If I did I would have kept it for myself.
Carly: Oh, true.
Marco: I think they sell liquor in the food car.
Carly: Which way?
Marco: Not sure (halfway crouch-stands and looks both ways down the car)
Marco: I don’t think this train has a food car.
Woman across the aisle: Shhhhh! This is a quiet car!
Carly: (to woman) What?
Marco: The quiet car you have to be quiet, like a library.
Train: (three stops)
Carly: What’s your name?
Train: LAST STOP TORRYTOWN, LAST STOP TORRYTOWN, EVERYBODY OUT!
(Woman, Marco, Carly exit train, get into separate cars)
Erin Dorney is a founding editor of The Triangle. Her work has been published in theNewerYork, The Pinch, The Fox Chase Review, and Potluck Mag, among others. She can be found on Twitter at @edorney or at erindorney.com.