Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

“Good morning,” said Laura and smiled toward the first wave of people flowing out of the train and up the stairs, heading for the next platform.

Good morning — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

“Good morning,” said Laura to the ocean of commuters passing her — a majority with a downcast gaze and concentrated on getting to work as quickly as possible.

“Good morning,” said Laura to the silent mass that was scarcely talkative in the early hours of the day.

“Good morning,” said a young woman walking slowly behind the crowd with her head held high.

“Good morning,” said Laura. “I hope you’ll have a lovely day.”

Laura watched the woman disappear up the stairs. She got paid for greeting the morning traffic but considered it a nice bonus when a volunteer replied to her salute. She enjoyed the moment while waiting for the next train to arrive — due in one minute.

The flash fiction story Good morning is part of the flash fiction collection Flash 52.