The unthinkable had happened. Weapons of mass destruction had hit the Eastern seaboard. Those living on the outer perimeter of the strikes still had a option to leave the area or stay.
Luke looked at Laura. They were two of the many survivors of the strike that missed New York, but they didn't know that fact yet. All communications were down. So many thoughts were swirling in their minds. "Are our friends and family safe? How can we contact them? Who is responsible for these attacks? What do we do now?"
They had actually talked about this scenario before. One of those "what if" games they played with their friends over a game of cards and a bottle of wine.
They both knew there was that train, the Adirondack that traveled from New York's Penn Station with a stop in Albany with its final destination in Montreal. It was touted as one of the 10 most scenic train rides in the world. Scenery was the last thing on their minds at that moment.
Luke asked Laura, "Should we do it? Should we take the train?"
"I don't know - maybe we should try to see if our friends can join us."
"I don't think there is time, you know, it's now or never."
They were inside Penn Station and heard the announcement ~
LAST TRAIN TO MONTREAL VIA ALBANY LEAVING IN 30 MINUTES
They looked at each other, the decision had been made, they held hands and headed for the Adirondack.
ya had my attention . . . whew!ReplyDelete
Dang, Tami! This one got my adrenaline up! Great story!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, Tami, that's a grim picture you paint. Awesome job. :)ReplyDelete
Montreal? Where Nicky lives? Talk about jumping out of the frying pan into the fire!ReplyDelete
Luke & Laura... are you sure they weren't heading to Port Charles? Great story.. scary that it could actually happen...ReplyDelete
I was thinking of Luke and Laura in that way, too - altho I never saw the soap opera - just was there for the "craze" back then.Delete
Why do I have an image of Kurt Russell, making his way through the streets of a bombed out New York City?ReplyDelete
Oh, I feel so heroic just for living in Montreal! Come here, Tami... I'll save you!! :-)ReplyDelete
At least you know once you got there you could get some stiff drinks, if you were interested in that sort of thing. :)ReplyDelete
Hey Malisa, you're right, we did have similar set-upstoday! It's a scary scenario, and you've captured the humanity of it nicely; I think mine was a film noir in my head as I wrote it. Indigo xReplyDelete
Good grief, I've done it again! That's twice tonight; I'm tired. And I'm sorry.Delete
"Hey TAMI! You're right, we did have similar set-ups today! It's a scary scenario, and you've captured the humanity of it nicely; I think mine was a film noir in my head as I wrote it. Indigo x"
Good that they caught the last train. It pays to have discussed a "what if" scenario.ReplyDelete
This post has made me reflect on what I might do if I were to ever find myself in this kind of situation. It's an unsettling thought. It was interesting to see the way this story played out. Nicely done.ReplyDelete