Bedtime Story: Silver and Scotch – Night 5
Silver and Scotch
Copyright 2015 by Barbara Hinske
Mrs. Emma Blake pulled her scarf closer to her neck and rocked back and forth on the wooden bench in the drafty bus station. She nervously worked the metal clasp on her purse. The final bus of the night would bring her son from Ohio. He called her from a pay phone the day before and told her when he was scheduled to arrive. At times like this, she sorely missed Jeffrey’s father. If he hadn’t died, Jeffrey might not have gotten into trouble.
She stared out the large windows into the parking lot, empty except for a handful of cars. A set of headlights swung in a wide arc, turning into the driveway from the highway, and approached the terminal. He was here.
Emma Blake rose from her seat and waited just inside the double doors. The driver illuminated the interior lights of the bus and she could make out the silhouette of five people waiting to get off the bus. She strained to see if she could pick out Jeffrey.
The blast of cold air took her breath away as the first passenger, a soldier in uniform, threw the double doors to the terminal open and hurried inside. A young woman accompanied by three small children rushed forward to embrace him, obscuring her view.
She stepped to the other side of the happy group, her anxiety rising as the other passengers entered the terminal. None of them were Jeffrey. She turned to the bus and remained rooted to her spot long after the doors had closed and the bus pulled away.
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