It too hides my features

159 old train 608104Peeking under the brim of my hat, I can see her walking away, holding her case, stepping onto the train. I follow at a distance, knowing I have time before the whistle blows, the steam rises and all the doors are shut.

I tug at the gun in my pocket, checking the safety, biding its time.

She pulls back as a cabin door opens and a young woman giggles out, followed by a sailor removing his hat. He slaps the woman’s bottom, and she squeals and runs to the dining car, the sailor picking up the pace.

The lady I’m following starts to turn so I do likewise, only quicker so I know she’ll see me look out the window, my hat obscuring my face. I blow smoke at the glass and it too hides my features.

Her suitcase bumps against the final compartment door which she pulls open and launches the case inside.

I hear a short exchange of words and know my job’s been made harder. I edge down the corridor and turn once more to the window as the young couple return, her with two glasses, him with champagne, the giggles promising to increase with every sip.

Their door slams and I hear the bottle’s cork explode to a cheer and a squeal. I move closer to the end of the carriage where I can hear diners chatting.

I drop one hand to the door handle, while the other grips the gun.


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