Some Trains Leave Forever – Fiction

Here’s another short piece submitted for Flash Fiction For Aspiring WritersAs always, so thankful to PJ for taking her time – each week – on behalf of both writer and reader.  Please follow the lil foggy icon to read other submissions.

steam trainsSome Trains Leave Forever

I used to watch the trains go by wondering where they were going and what adventures awaited the passengers.

And then, sometime later. remember? You and I would kiss and dance on the station platform and kick our heels up at the passing passengers.

Then, one day, through the steam we lost her. The last touch I saw her receive was the social worker’s hand wiping the tears from my always baby’s face.

And then we walked home. We drank coffee spiked with brandy and cried. We had already cried, but we cried again to lose her.


photo prompt from The Storyteller’s Abode

11 thoughts on “Some Trains Leave Forever – Fiction

  1. Parting with your child must be the most heartbreaking thing imaginable, even though it may be done with the best interests of the child in mind. I know this all happened, and happens still. People living in desperate poverty will want their child to have a better life. But the actual handing the child over to social workers or whoever, must feel like having your heart pulled out. Such an important message in your story, Ellespeth.


  2. Very good ,emotional story…so sad. Such a heartbreak for the parents and child! I can’t even imagine being the social worker having to be a part of that, let alone the parents! It’s better for the child in the long run, but when it happens, it is so devastating.

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    • Back then – late 1800’s thru 1920’s – parents let their children go to better homes than they could provide. The story has been told over and over until it’s ingrained in my conscience…it continues to happen , but not in the train loads full.

      My remaining question would be: how does letting a child go to a better home take it’s course on their marriage. Was there even a marriage?

      I’m particularly proud of this piece simply because it has a beginning and a middle and an end. That’s not bad for a poet 🙂

      Thanks for reading this piece and for your comment.

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    • Those orphan trains must have been horrible – the lead up to letting your child go to a better life. It’s been this way since Moses, right? Letting the hero go.

      Thanks for reading this piece, Charles. I hope you know I’m thinking about you and your little family.


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