Time To Live
By Donna L Martin
Stuart didn't know if it was the cold metal pressing against his back or the far off whistle of the train bringing him back to his senses. His eyes were still closed against the light and he wanted to shake his head to clear the cobwebs away, but it hurt too much to attempt it. Was he near some train tracks? Stuart opened his eyes just as another whistle echoed into the distance. A sharp jolt of adrenaline shot through his body and Stuart's eyes widened as he realized he wasn't just near some railroad tracks but on them!
He could just make out the dark shape of the locomotive, it's headlight cutting through the early morning mist as he struggled against the ropes binding him to the steel tracks. His eyes stung from sweat as corded muscles strained to break free. Could the conductor see there was someone lying in the shadows on the tracks? Would he be able to stop the train in time? Stuart's throat constricted in terror. Time seemed to slow down as he watched the oncoming train racing toward him.
Another whistle pierced the air, much closer this time, and the tracks shook wildly beneath him as Stuart wondered if there would be pain or would he just suddenly cease to exist. If only he had more time. Time to hug his wife and child once more. Time to eat the steak he wanted last night instead of settling for a salad. Time to laugh and love and live another day. If only he had more time.
What was the use of fighting the inevitable? Stuart closed his eyes and said a prayer as the last screech of the train's whistle ran over him and then...nothing. Nothing but the roaring clickety-clack of the cars rushing past him on the other track leading up the mountain. It wasn't until the silence settled back into the valley Stuart dared to open his eyes. His body shook, not from the cool morning air, as his mind tried to grasp the fact he was still alive. Now if he could just figure out how to get free before the next whistle blew...
***Okay, it's your turn! What happens next? Is there another train around the bend? Does Stuart get free? Does he seek revenge against the unknown person who tied him to the tracks? Put your creative cap on and add a sentence or add a paragraph. Continue my story or start one of your own. Join the fun and see where this picture prompt takes us!***