Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Flash fiction

Good morning

Good morning — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration 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,” 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.

Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.