LITERARY FICTION WEEK #2: Invest conversations with layers of meaning


She turned to her companion and smiled.
‘Nearly there,’ she said. He nodded solemnly. They were nearly there – only two stops away now – but that wasn’t what she had meant.
‘Yes,’ he said. It was an affirmation, she felt, not only of her assertion but of the strange, unknowable bond between them. “Yes” – the undiluted positive, a simple, breathy syllable of agreement. Deceptively simple? Perhaps.
‘Have you got my ticket?’ she asked, already knowing the answer. How much of life was about asking questions you already knew the answers to, she mused. Yet the ritual had to continue. The world spun on its axis.
‘Yes,’ he said again. It sounded the same as before, this sibilant word that fell from his mouth, but it meant something subtly different, she couldn’t help but feel. What? She couldn’t say.

5 comments:

  1. See how inspiring getting the train to work can be?! xx

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  2. This is, like, too deep for me.



    Or is it...?

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  3. Anonymous:

    Ah, yes, far too deep. How many things in life are too deep for our shallow understanding of them? Too deep, like the deep end of the community pool, or the pockets of unwary investors, or this metaphor, which has gone farther than the train this woman and her apparent lover are riding to the end of the track where they will encounter the meaning of "The End."

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