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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 Call
by Paul Halwijn

     Alone atop the platform Grayford Jones stands waiting for the train, the last he will call. His watch says it’s on time, it has been for 40 years. The watch is never wrong. Now, the seconds have run out for him. He thinks of his Grandfathers words as he handed him the time piece “This called the first train, ever”. It was 1915. Now, looking down at his watch and back in his memory he reflects over the years. The memories slowly overwhelm him.
     In 1917 he sent the boys “Over There”. He cheered as they left and cried when he saw what returned. He watched Prohibition come and go, women earn the vote and the automobile come and stay. In the 20’s He watched Hobos train jump to a better life or death. In the 30’s He made friends with Presidents and Gangsters alike, Roosevelt or Capone, as long as they had a Ticket. He was the Conductor and nobody rides for free. By now he’d seen two wars to end all wars and one to end communism. But nothing really changed except the calendar.
     Gray was an American, a patriot, one of the last. He was proud yet humble. But he worried, what would become of the world now? Snapping shut his watch Gray looks around the platform where he finds the steam and smoke cleared, he is alone. The work bell sounds and for the last time he steps away.

 

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