Night Bus

Posted: August 11, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The bus moves slowly, grinding its way along the forgotten roads, the long, silent stillness of the in-between. There is nothing for miles, nothing but the road. Night has fallen long ago, black shadows stretching over barren earth. The road is cracked and full of potholes. White and yellow lines have long faded to near-invisibility.

There is only one passenger, a woman with a small duffel bag and a long, dirty coat. She smells of old sweat, drying filth, and back alleys. One of her eyes is a piercing grey. The other is a gaping hole.

She has not paid for her ticket and he has not noticed.

Between long, dirt-trapping nails, she turns a golden coin. It glints in the light, sometimes looking one way, sometimes another, the faces changing: one moment presidents, the next pharaohs, then skull-faced things older than either.

“Where’s your stop?” the driver asks.

The coin spins.

“Turn here,” she says. Her voice seems full of old secrets.

And the bus turns, away from from the road, out into the darkness of the night. A new road stretches before it, like shimmering glass that reflects only shadows.

The driver does not notice.

Word Count: 197

This is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Thanks to rogershipp for running the challenge.

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    Fantasy, horror, mystery …. however one wishes to classify it…,, the tale is beautifully woven. Writers are denizens of the universe, not just the Earth or internet.

    I fantasize about the internet taking me to other worlds, and then, realize that it does, by giving a peek into other beautiful minds.

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  2. The women with a long dirty coat has a lot of mystery and magic hidden in her coin. Good piece of writing.

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Hummm… wonder who she is and where she is going. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. luckyjc007 says:

    Great story! I kept looking for something to happen and it probably did on down the road. Great suspense. 🙂

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