Short Story: The Wrong Station

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Diane Dickson


This is my first attempt at non-fiction for years (please be patient). This story is absolutely factual, even the bit about - oh well you'll see.


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Many, many years ago before mobile ‘phones were ubiquitous and communication was approaching saturation point I was staying alone in our house in the middle of the Foret de la Double in South West France. My husband was in the early days of a new contract in the Middle East and this was so long ago that our two cats, Noggin and Squirrel (don’t ask) couldn’t travel to England, lest they bring madness, and so I stayed with them spending peaceful days watching the woods emerge from their winter sleep and blissful nights reading into the early hours by candlelight (through choice not necessity I hasten to add).

Our daughter was to come on holiday from college in England to stay for a little while and to celebrate her birthday. As luck would have it the only passage conveniently available was by train and it would be on the date of her actual birthday.

Excitedly I cleaned our little house, baked a…

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Patsy R Liles said "Very enjoyable, Diane. Non-fiction is taking its rightful place when one tells this event so openly. I was almost tired out with you, trying to find your darling girl! Thanks, Patsy"
3 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks Patsy - this has entered the annals of family folklore now but it was pretty frantic at the time. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment - Diane"
3 years ago
Terry Callow said "Extrordinary story of desperation and gratification. No need to ask forgiveness do to not writing for such a time. It was marvelous!"
3 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you so very much for that really generous comment - It is really appreciated. - Diane"
3 years ago
Andrea Lawrence said "Well written, and so very "human", if that description makes any sense. Hopefully you understand what I mean. ;)"
3 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you for reading and for the comment. Yes I do think I know what you mean. When we look back at these events and happenings we almost always have to allow wry smile and think - now why did I handle it that way? but at the time - well there y'go. Again thanks for your time - Diane"
3 years ago
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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Trouble was Jay we would probably argued about who got the fat ugly one !!"
3 years ago
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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Meet and Greet was actually based on true events but because I am no longer in touch with the people involved in that awful event any more I felt that I had to change it quite a bit and so although the bones are true some of the flesh is imagination and supposition as it were. Fancy you remembering that one. Thank you so much again for your interest in my scribbling Jon"
3 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "Nicely told - a rollercoaster of emotions (as they on the talent shows) for you - funny, too, thanks Adam"
3 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "A rollercoaster indeed,and yes afterwards we did laugh - especially about the offer of work for the night!!!!"
3 years ago
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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you so much Jon - As I said this was my first attempt at a factual telling of happenings in my life. I am so glad that you enjoyed it."
3 years ago

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