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Coal Dusters – Chapter LXIX
Lillian arrived at the station with five minutes to spare. Her trunk had already been taken aboard. She went to her seat and sat back.
She checked her purse once again to make sure her bank draft was there. Next she made sure her transfer ticket to Montreal was there so she could change trains when she got to Truro.
The departure call was made. To her relief there was no sign of David Henderson. The train started to pull out. She smiled to herself at the image of him standing on the platform as the train pulled away.
Behind her she heard the conductor at the doorway talking to someone.
“Come on come on.” The conductor was saying. “Reach up and I can pull on if yer fast enough.” He grunted. “Ouf. There you go. Next time be here on time.”
“Didn’t know till now that I was going anywhere.” A man said.
The train picked up speed.
Not that way.” The conductor said. “That’s for first class. Yer family ticket gets you caboose. T’other way.”
As the train sped up Lillian let the scenery blur grateful that this was now her past not her future.