Today you’re in the high north, searching for a long-abandoned railway. You’ve become so adventurous since it happened, the thing you don’t say. You never look back, only up. It doesn’t get more up than the Arctic tundra. You find the tracks, stretching into the barren landscape. Your guidebook tells the story of the last train ever to run here: The emptiness around him drove the driver mad. He jumped off without warning and ran away. He was never found. Maybe he never stopped running. You suddenly wonder if you might be him. You slow your pace, just in case.
About the author: Kristen Loesch is an Asian-American writer and aspiring novelist.