Strangers on a Train... to Watford

Avatar Author: Funky Chunky *Always* feel free to write sequels or prequels to my stories. I love reading where other writers take my ideas. I was born in 1961 (old codger). I started writing for fun over Christmas 2011. I was recommended Ficly b... Read Bio

I boarded a train at King’s Langley in 1978. Nothing remarkable in that, you might say other than the fact that I’m old enough to have done so. I, with my sister and mother was, as usual, late and we ran for the train. Out of breath- panting like puppies who’d rediscovered their tails and had been trying to catch them for the previous ten minutes, we flopped into the available seats in the crowded second class carriage. I note the class for reasons that will hopefully become clear.

My mum, bless her, had an uncanny ability to pick fights with perfect strangers and this occasion was no exception. We wanted the window open and the apparently un-aristocratic, fairly pretty young lady sitting opposite wanted it shut. Imagine my surprise when, after some heated exchanges, which looked like they might soon come to blows, between her and my mother, she cried “…anyway how dare you talk to me when we haven’t even been formally introduced!”

Formal introductions were definitely out of vogue even as long ago as that.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Thanks for sharing the story. Nice job getting all the set up in there for the quote to make sense and have its effect. Trains can make for such interesting stories.

  2. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Thanks, THX! I was wondering if anyone wanted to have a stab at a sequel? I have one which I’d like to hold on to for a short while to free up any creative juices y’all might have. Anyone up for it or should I just whack my one up?

  3. Avatar Sanglorian

    There’s a bit of grammar that could be cleaned up, but I like the out-of-place yet ‘fairly pretty’ girl and I think something interesting could grow out of the encounter.

  4. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Thanks, Sanglorian. Could you be specific about the grammer errors? Oh and, why not try and grow your own development. It’d be fun to see where 3 different Authors take it.

  5. Avatar lotso

    very nice I love the puppy description

  6. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Thanks, Lotso!