Category: Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 1

Some of the best words in the English language are “Once Upon A Time.” My dad told me a bedtime story every night of my childhood, and I’ve grown up to be a storyteller, too. So get

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 2

Based upon reader input, I’ve decided to post these every Mon-Wed-Fri until the story is completed. There are 37 installments. And I’m going to post this coming Friday, July 4. Enjoy ̵

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 3

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 3 Rachel carefully cradled the unconscious man on her lap, leaning over him to tug the compartment door open. Drawing as much breath as she could

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 4

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 4 ‘Surely this can’t be right,’ Rachel thought as she sank against the wall. ‘There has to be someone else here,’ and she knew that the

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 5

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 5 Rachel retrieved her cell phone from her purse and cursed when she realized she had no service. Her attention was drawn to the window and a dis

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 6

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 6   Rachel turned to the window; the approaching train was closing on them fast. She shoved the key into her pocket, snatched her purse, and

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 7

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 7   Rachel held her breath. Although she couldn’t see him, she knew that another man remained in the compartment. She tasted bile and for

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 8

  The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 8   After what seemed like an eternity, the man rose and strode out of the compartment. Rachel released the breath she had been holdi

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 9

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 9   Rachel woke, stiff and sore, as the brakes squealed and the train slowed to a stop. Momentarily disoriented, the nightmarish memories of

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 10

  The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 10   Rachel inched forward to watch the man disappear into the crowd on the busy platform. He never turned to look back. She stepped

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 11

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 11   Rachel swallowed hard as she realized that the provost was calling her name, inviting her to the podium. Her hands shook as she placed

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 12

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 12   Rachel kept her eye on the man during the reception that followed their presentations, but couldn’t get close to him. They were both

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 13

  The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 13   Rachel hesitated. ‘Should she go with this man? Was he even the man from the train? The provost knew him; surely she would be

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 14

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 14   He eased the car into the heavy rush-hour traffic. “Are you enjoying Vienna?” “I just arrived this morning, so I haven’t had th

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 15

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 15   Rachel’s stomach lurched and she turned quickly toward her car window, pretending to study a row of shops as they drove past. The las

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 16

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 16   Rachel lingered on the steps to the Police Directorate the next morning. One thing was certain; she would not go sightseeing with her f

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 17

The Night Train Copyright 2014, by Barbara Hinske Night 17   Rachel paused inside the entrance, allowing her eyes to adjust to the bright fluorescent lights after the dreary morning outside. She

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 18

The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 18   “Madam—we’re just finishing,” the clerk called as Rachel turned sharply on her heel and hurried to the entrance, leaning into t

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 19

  The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 19   Rachel pressed the elevator button and rocked from foot to foot as she waited. She hadn’t had time to unpack, so gathering her

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Bedtime Story: The Night Train — Night 20

  The Night Train Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske Night 20   “Are you all right, miss?” the clerk asked as Rachel grasped the counter to steady herself. She hadn’t called him—what w

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