An Away-Day Ticket by Michael Lane

"Tickets, please.” 

The woman stiffened as she looked at her big bag. 

“I have it. It’s here. Somewhere.” 

She rummaged and on the next seat placed a small sewing kit, a dice, a nail-file, two used lottery tickets and a folded bowls hat. 

“No rush, love.” 

“They wanted me to watch television. But I want to go to Leeds.” 

“You’ve got the right line, darlin’. Try again.” 

She breathed and dipped in her bag. She pulled out the ticket. He clipped it and went on down the train. She sat back. Through the window, she saw the skyline of Leeds. 

Published in Issue #23

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