Well You Prompted Me!!

Well You Prompted Me!!

“Get a grip!” Faith told herself sternly.    She found an empty seat and sat down.  Closed her eyes for what seemed like a minute, only to open them and see….

[Guy] …………...”Yes hello, fancy seeing you here? What? Oh you travel this way normally, this route regular do you? I see … you are curious, no doubt to know how l came about, aren’t you? I mean one minute l was not sitting on the seat opposite you, and suddenly here l am … it’s like spooky isn’t it? Yes, l can understand why you might be feeling a little out of sorts – l assure you.

Well it’s like this  – l think l have been prompted or perhaps l was poked, l am not entirely sure … you see it all began with the unusual commute which was a strange tale l heard last year on this regular route you take in fact , and was regarding one of the passenger’s  of ‘that train well several in fact, of which l may be one – which is why l am not terribly sure?

No, this is the train l was on last year, 2019 – The Jump Track one -yes, this one – this is the one that is shaped like a multicoloured pussycat no? I have a picture here in my wallet, look see – we are on this train aren’t we?

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“Yes see, l know my trains, or rather, l know this train, it’s called the Pointer Sisters isn’t it? Yes l see you nodding your head in agreement – sorry? You didn’t know it was called the ‘Jump Track’ Train of 2019? Have you not heard this then? I have it on my phone, it’s a form of time travel music … listen carefully, or rather thinking on it! Not yet, listen to the tale .. first or both at the same time, it may relax you, making your longer journey more comfortable …

“Yes, it is isn’t it? Very catchy!”

 Anyway, are you sitting comfortrably – then l shall begin…

[Teresa]………….. ‘Faith stretched and yawned. Somewhere in the house, the kittens were rough-housing and the neighbour’s rooster crowed ear-splitting loud. There was no use in complaining to the Harveys’ again. She sighed, sat up, and slipped into her slippers. Warm chestnut aroma filtering from the kitchen suggested she was running late. The coffee pot’s timer was set for six, but it felt much earlier. Probably should not have watched the late-late movie, she told herself.

“Tom is always worth it.” She chuckled and set about her morning routine.

By the time she showered and poured her coffee to go, she had decided it was much later than usual. No time for breakfast or yoga. Traffic was light and convinced her even more that she was running behind schedule. She dashed through the terminal and reached the train doors with seconds to spare. They closed behind her and the train lurched forward.

Faith grabbed a hold of the person in front of her to avoid falling over and chuckled. “Excuse me. Sorry. I didn’t mean –“

Without intending too, she screamed as her eyes took in the thing standing in front of her. She released her grip and stepped back.

“Watch it, young lady,” a voice said behind her.

Faith glanced behind her and … –

[Sadje]………….… saw that she was surrounded by people dressed up as aliens. It must be some sort of a comic- con she thought to herself, trying to breathe deeply and to calm her heart rate.

The train was going faster than usual and there were very few people getting on when it stopped at different stops. Faith anxiously waited for her stop but to her amazement, the train didn’t stop there. She got up in panic and went to pull the emergency stop button but there was none to be seen anywhere. Neither was any sign of the conductor or the ticket checker. Now Faith was getting frightened. She got up and went to the inter-connecting door to the next compartment. On opening the door, she  …….

[Di]…………..…..  had to adjust her eyes to the light, or rather lack of it.

The compartment was dark and appeared empty, then a pair of eyes flickered open and another, and another, so that before long the carriage was full of floating eyes and apparently nothing else.

‘She’s here’ said a voice, thick and heavy with sarcasm.

‘Yeah. Where’s our breakfast? You may have had fun last night, but we eat first thing in the morning. AND YOU FORGOT US!’

‘What? Who? ‘Faith stuttered………. trying to get her bearings and not feel nauseous with all the eyes glaring at her.

This was a nightmare. Aliens? Disembodied cats’ eyes? What the hell had she and Tom been smoking last night?

‘Maybe we should simply eat her instead!’ said the first voice.

‘NO!’ Faith screamed and arms flailing, fled through the carriage to the next one.

Out of breath and her heart trying to erupt from her body, she slammed the door behind her and leaned her head against it.  Their hyena-like laughter made her blood run cold as the handle began to turn ………………….

[Melanie]……………….… the handle began to turn.   *BEEP BEEP BEEP*… and it’s a fine day in the San Fernando Valley!!  The commute is light so far, but folks!!  Get a jump on your day and avoid rush hour!”  Now here’s the Kinks and ‘All Day and All of the Night” on K96.4 FM, your music choice for Golden Oldies and More!!!  ♪♫♪♪ … rock music began to play softly.   Faith shook her head and looked around her softly lit bedroom.   The clock read 6 a.m.    “Oh, my gawd!” thought Faith, “it was all merely a dream/nightmare!!”   *phew*   She pushed back the duvet and hastily made her bed.  An enticing aroma of freshly brewing coffee wafted up the stairs and tweaked her nostrils.   

Faith took a long leisurely shower and dressed in her best executive business suit.  Today she’d pitch the campaign for “Golden Oaties” The Breakfast Cereal with BITE”.  Golden Oaties tasted like cow flop, but the customer was always king, and the manufacturers of that horrible tasting cereal would bring in thousands of dollars to the ad agency that Faith worked for.   

Faith walked calmly out the door and locked it behind her.  Even though this was the ‘country’, crime from the nearby big city had leeched right over and with so many commuters working full time to pay their mortgages, the empty houses were tempting to the average burglar.   

“Traffic was light and convinced her even more that she was running behind schedule. She dashed through the terminal and reached the train doors with seconds to spare. They closed behind her and the train lurched forward.

Faith grabbed a hold of the person in front of her to avoid falling over and chuckled. “Excuse me. Sorry. I didn’t mean –“

Faith jumped nervously.   The sense of deja vu was overwhelming.   It wasn’t Groundhog Day nor Valentine’s, so what was with the loop-de-loop feeling of a rewound scene coming out to play?

“Get a grip!” Faith told herself sternly.    She found an empty seat and sat down.  Closed her eyes for what seemed like a minute, only to open them and see….

[Guy]………… and yet here you are, you know? Are you with me so far? I know, it must be very confusing for you, l can imagine, l think l can, l have either been poked or prompted perhaps – did you do that to me?

“Did you listen to the track? Yes, mm, l want to show you something … what do you think to this and as you watch this closely listen to my words….

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Time, is such a funny old thing you know?
We always think we have lots of it, and yet where does it all go..
… we don’ know, because Time is scarce,
Personally, l am rather adverse,
Not perverse though to time in reverse,
…yet to some it’s a farce!
Time, waits for no one,
Can be serious, wistful, lonesome and fun,
Despite what some say, Time is never on the run,
… and yet, it’s not long before it’s done!
Sometimes, see time again, it’s in the shade,
Twirling like a blade,
Those glimmers and glinters,
… are like working wooden splinters!
Time is it’s own profile, it’s own identity,
… it’s clever that it can identify,
So beautifully with ethnicity!
….. It’s like an unspoken ruling,
You know, similiar to what one learns in schooling!
When is a train not a train?
I mean that ‘s a good question again,
You could ask an owl if they give a good hoot,
…about this train on the time warp route?
Would they ask about the Jump Track Move?
… or would they be just be lost in the groove?
Your time is short, lost but not Shot..
….. you’re just gone now – what what?

© Rory Matier 2020

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I am responding to the following …

Prompt

Prompt Gubbings

Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind

 

Also mentions to …

Teresa Grabs

Sadje of Keep it Alive

Di of Pensitivity 101

Finish the Story 2019 #5

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The Unusual Commute   –   Trains to nowhere..

Paula of Light Motifs II

Thursday Inspiration 40

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Fandango of This, That and The Other

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FOWC with Fandango — Scarce

FOWC with Fandango — Wait

FOWC with Fandango — Ethnicity

FOWC with Fandango — Profile

Di of Pensitivity 101

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Three Things Challenge #127

SHADE
OWL
WORK

Three Things Challenge #126

BLADE
MOVE
SHOT

Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove

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Wistful – Word of the Day Challenge

Identify – Word of the Day Challenge

Unspoken – Word of the Day Challenge

I haven’t challenged anyone further with Finish the Story … l think it is likely to continually repeat itself, I haven’t challenged anyone further with Finish the Story … l think it is likely to continually repeat itself……I haven’t challenged anyone further with Finish the Story … l think it is likely to continually repeat itself, I haven’t challenged anyone further with Finish the Story … l think it is likely to continually repeat itself……

You know?

16 thoughts on “Well You Prompted Me!!

  1. Well done JB!! All those prompts and an excellent addition/ending as well. It reminds of a song…

    “This is the song that doesnt end
    Yes, it goes on and on, my friend
    Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was
    And they’ll continue singing it forever just because

    This is the song that doesnt end
    Yes, it goes on and on, my friend…

    😉😂💌

  2. My head is spinning and I feel like I fell into a rabbit hole and can’t figure out how to get back home…or even if I want to. You’ve outdone yourself with this post, Rory!

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