Beanery Online Literary Magazine

October 29, 2008

RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

RIDING THE RAILS

NELLIE RIGGS McQUILLIS

 

This piece is included in a self-published book of short stories written by a new contributor, Nellie Riggs McQuillis. TALES FROM THE FOUR MILE RUN was written and published in the 1980s, after her retirement. She taught in the Ligonier (PA) School District between 1936 and 1978, except for a few years when she took time out to grow a family.

     “Now, you young ones pay attention. You’re not to leave this place today. Do you hear me?”
     “Of course,” I said. “They can probably hear you half way to…”
     “What’s that?” he said, whirling around.
     “I said of course we hear you. We hafta stay in this place.”
     Then he was gone.
     We jumped up from the table, scraped the rest of our oatmeal into the dog’s dish on the porch and prayed he’d eat it before Mom came up from the cellar, where she was hunting Mason jars for canning beans.
     Then (more…)