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Will Write 4 Food
Monthly Writing Contest

June 2005 Winner: Polly Dunn, Lost or Found?
Honorable Mention: Victory Crayne, Last Train
Honorable Mention: Paul Halwijn, Last Call
View the 2005 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions.

June Honorable Mention
Last Train
by Victory Crayne

     Alfred looked at his watch for the millionth time and sighed. What a price to pay for a life of sin.
     His love of trains had been both his greatest joy and his worst temptation.
     His catholic and very pious father had been a conductor before him and all he ever wanted to do was wear the uniform and greet the travelers before hopping up on the step and yelling, "All aboard!"
     He got his wish and worked the Allen & Cooper line between Chicago and St. Louis. Oh so many times he had greeted joyous party goers who used the sleeper cars for nights of wanton pleasure with sex and drugs.
     A lifelong bachelor, he had fantasized about joining them. The day he did was the beginning of his end.
     Every overnight run from then on, all he had to do was allow a few passengers without tickets to board and he was a welcome guest for a night of sinful revelry. Life was good for lonely Alfred.
     Then one night, his absence in the caboose was all it took for the train backing up to hit a heavy truck stalled on the tracks. One hundred passengers died with him.
     Now he was doomed to ten thousand agonizing years in Purgatory, spent greeting reluctant passengers on the Death Train to Hell. There would be no parties for Alfred. Only the melancholy and lonely chore of taking doomed sinners on their last train ride..


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