“Have a safe trip. See you soon baby.”
“See you soon, Sir. I’m just climbing on the train now.”
“Okay. I’m going into a meeting right now. I’ll check in when we take a break. Have your phone close.”
“Yes, Sir.” Lucy hung up the phone and climbed into the second last train car. There were only a few people seated, so she chose a seat in an empty row and set her bag down. Hopefully she wouldn’t have to worry about sharing the seat next to her. The list of things that Sir wanted her to bring for the weekend took up most of her suitcase, so her laptop and all her toiletries were shoved in her purse. If she was going to keep making these trips, she really need to invest in a larger suitcase that she could check.
Sitting next to the window Lucy settled down for the three hour train ride. It really wasn’t too bad of a trip, and the quiet time to work made it infinitely better than driving. Pulling out her laptop she pulled up her latest story and began to write. A few miles down the track an attendant came to check her ticket, but other than she was left in peace.
“Excuse me, do you mind if I sit here?”
Lucy was jostled out of her train of thought as she realized the gentleman was talking to her. She grabbed her bag and apologized. But as she did she notice that the car was not really all that full. There were plenty of open seats. Why did he have to sit there and make her move her bag? However, it wasn’t worth being rude, so she smiled as he sat down next to her.
“How are you today?”
“Fine, thank you. And you?”
“I’m pretty good. Where are you headed?”
“Ahh. The city of brotherly love.”
Lucy just stared back at him, unsure what to say to that. No one had ever bothered her on the train, especially not for chit chat. Normally having her face in her computer was enough to tell people to leave her be.
“What takes you to Philly? Work?” Lucy sighed and closed her computer. She wasn’t going to be able to get any writing done like this.
“I’m visiting a friend for the weekend.”
Lucy’s phone buzzed. She grabbed like the lifeline it was.
How are you doing, baby?
Getting time to write?
What’s the matter?
I just have a guy sitting next to me who wants to chat. It’s really distracting.
Is he harassing you? Can you move?
No, he’s harmless. Just chatty. It’s fine. It’s only another hour or so.
“Talking to your boyfriend?”
Lucy wanted to say it was none of his business, but thought better of it. “My mother.”
“Oh. Do you have a boyfriend?”
“Doesn’t he worry about you taking trains by yourself?”
“I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself. I have never had an unsatisfactory or unsafe experience on a train.” Until now, she thought as she looked out the window.
“How old are you?”
“Do you want to know how old I am?”
“I guess, sure.”
“Same age as my older brother.” She wanted to make up some lie about her brother being a marine or something to try and intimidate him. Maybe this guy was just lonely, there was no harm in letting him ramble.
“So how long have you and your boyfriend been together?”
“Six months, but we have been friends a lot longer.”
“How did you meet?”
“Online actually.” The name of the kink community website certainly wasn’t relevant.
Lucy took the moment of awkward silence to check her phone again. No new messages, Sir must have gone back to his meeting. Only a few stops left, thank heavens.
“Does your boyfriend live in Philly?”
“Yes. Actually, I need to get off at the next stop, can you please let me out.” Lucy grabbed her back and squeezed past the walking 20 questions game. Gathering herself she wandered to the back of the car to wait for the next stop. At least she might be able to write on the way home. Maybe headphones would help her look even more anti-social.
The train slowed as they came into the station and nearly jumped out of the car. She walked down to the luggage claim to get her bag. Luckily, her weekend bag was bright green and easy to spot.
As she turned to head toward the parking lot she spotted Sir walking toward her. She smiled as he grinned at her. Then she saw who he was walking with. It was the incessantly chatty man from the train! He started laughing at the obviously shocked face she wore.
She walked up to the pair of them.
“Me.” He grinned. The man turned back to Sir. “Anyway, she seems lovely.” He looked at Lucy and smiled. “I would love to play you guys tomorrow night. I will text you when my training session is over.”
Lucy’s jaw dropped. The man shook Sir’s hand.
“Oh yeah, ” He turned back. “She will need to be punished tomorrow for lying and telling me that you were her mother.” He and Sir both laughed as he turned to walk across the parking lot to his car.