Halsey's Dilemma

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Halsey sat next to the school bus waiting for the sun to set. It was just too hot to walk into town. He’d already waited five hours, a few more was no problem.

Cy slowed on his motorcycle offering Hal a ride. Not wanting to appear weak by holding onto another man, Hal declined. He declined Sarah the bank teller, he didn’t want people to talk if they were seen together.

An hour before the sun was about to set, he almost said yes to Saul and his milk truck, but Hal thought he would look silly riding with the town’s only negro. He opted not to accept a ride on Farmer Ron’s tractor. Well, after all, it only had one seat.

When light dripped below the horizon, Hal checked the bus’s doors to make sure they were still locked and started the five mile trek into town. With an air of vindication, Hal stuck to the middle of the road, arms swinging with purpose.

Enjoying his show of independence, a prideful blindness and deafness infected Hal. So much so, he wasn’t able to answer questions about missing children.

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Avatar BiC

    Uh, yeah. What happened to the children? Good question! Interesting scenario and setting, must take place in 50’s or 60’s I guess.

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Would he have accepted a ride from the Sheriff? This must be a small town, but to not notice the children missing is odd. I guess everyone figured they got on another bus and were taken home. Not unusual. But broken down bus has a radio and calls for help.. so the offers are even odder. What story would he have given them to make them move on? He must have looked a sight, and they must have been happy to pass him up. Why didn’t they call the police? Was the sheriff too afraid to come see to him? Maybe he was just a creepy guy.

  3. Avatar ipe

    A creepy bus driver! Fiction! Never! Nice characterization of Hal, I have a good sense of who his, even though the last line throws it all for a loop.

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