Erin Dorney

train

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.

Carly: Oh.

Woman: Sh!

Train: (three stops)

Carly: What’s your name?

Marco: Marco.

Woman: SHHH!

Train: LAST STOP TORRYTOWN, LAST STOP TORRYTOWN, EVERYBODY OUT!

(Woman, Marco, Carly exit train, get into separate cars)

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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.

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