I struggled with focusing on my reading, interrupted by a boy across the aisle who babbled on endlessly.

Train story — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

“Daddy,” said the boy. “Are all the people going to London?”

“I don’t know,” answered the father.

“Daddy! How far is it to London by train?”

“Three hours.”

“Daddy! If someone were too poor to pay the fare and had to walk to London, how long would it take?”

“A few days.”

“Daddy! And when they arrived in London, would they be dead?”

“Yes,” answered the father. “Dead-tired.”

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