The Couple on the Train

Couple kissing on Rail track

They were an ordinary-looking couple. He sat by the window and she was huddled up beside him. I was sitting opposite them.

“Did you bring the pills?” she asked.

He nodded.

“Do we have enough?” she insisted.

He nodded.

“Do you think that kids will be fine?” she asked after a pause.

He nodded.

“I love you”, she said.

“I love you too”, he replied, almost automatically.

I felt I was intruding and made my way to the door of the railway carriage, where I smoked and made small talk with other smokers who had gathered there.

A few stations later I went back to my seat. The woman was sleeping, her husband not to be seen. I assumed he was in the loo. The next morning we realized she was dead and he was nowhere to be found.

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