The Treasure Special

This flash fiction short story was written on sister blog More Than Dreamt Of for Flash! Friday Weekly Event 2-48.

More Than Dreamt Of

Written for today’s Flash! Friday challenge, prompted by this photograph, to include reference to ‘treasure.

Chef at the Trans-Siberian rail wall, between Moscow and Khabarovsk. CC 2.0 photo by Leidolv Magelssen. Chef at the Trans-Siberian rail wall, between Moscow and Khabarovsk. CC 2.0 photo by Leidolv Magelssen.

The Treasure Special I stepped up into the first carriage, but many on the platform didn’t seem to realise that the train had arrived. “Leave your baggage behind, ” the Conductor suggested with a smile, “I’ll stow it for you, no trouble. This end is full, but head through and you’ll find plenty of room further back.” “Thanks.” “Thank you, Sir . . . and welcome to the Treasure Special”. The murmur of contented travellers enjoying the warmth and light, sharply contrasted with the cold dull platform. At Compartment 3, I was confused to be greeted once again by the Conductor. “How did you . . . .?” “Oh,” he smiled, “I’ve known my way around this train all…

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