Left behind #flashfiction

This week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneer hosted by Rochelle Wisolf-Fields.


J Hardy Carroll (c)

When the whistle blew, the driver pointed at the clock and pleaded with him, “Now, man. Come on.”

In response, he tipped his hat and bowed. “I’ve worked here forty years. Where will I go?”

The steam spewed out of the engine and the wheels rolled.

The last train had gone. The waiting room was empty. They’d all escaped and not a soul remained to hear the coming of the soldiers. Except the stationmaster. He picked up the discarded newspapers warning of the impending invasion and straightened the benches back in line.

Choosing one bench in the sunlight, he sat and waited.

(100 words)



  1. The awful inevitable logid of necessity. Beautifully evoked


    1. Thank you. I found the picture very inspiring.


  2. …choosing one bench in the sunlight…..he waits for what he knows will come. Well done!


    1. Thank you. There is inevitability when it comes to waiting rooms.


  3. Ooh.. what a brave heart! 🙂


    1. brave, yes. I did think of all those elderly in war zones who are often overlooked.


  4. Lovely, sad and atmospheric story. So filled with melancholy. Love that different twist on the prompt – one man alone, facing his end. Gorgeously done


    1. One man in a waiting room, it’s a lonely place to be. Thank you.

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      1. My pleasure 🙂


  5. Maybe the title should have been NOWHERE TO RUN!


    1. True, it could easily have been that too.


  6. A bench in the sunlight… maybe it’s the best place to wait for the end.


    1. There are worse places to be left waiting.


  7. michael1148humphris · · Reply

    This is a powerful piece of writing.


    1. Thank you. I had that moment of inspiration.


  8. mickwynn2013 · · Reply

    Brave man and selfless indeed


    1. Brave, and like many left to face the consequences of others, selfless too.


  9. The inevitability of his fate comes through. Well done.


    1. Thank you. I’m glad the few words matched the picture’s power.


  10. gahlearner · · Reply

    So sad. He seemed to have lost his joy for life without his workplace.


    1. As it is with many who lose their jobs, a sad place to be. Although I think in the sun he might find some comfort.

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  11. A strong, resolute man willing to face the inevitable..


    1. Strength from within. I hope we can all have that when needed.


  12. Dear QW,

    Atmospheric and bleak.



    PS That’s Wisoff-Fields not Weiss.


    1. Apologies, I was racing to post last week. Hopefully this week will be a bit calmer.


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