Fiction logo

The Infinity Express

A never-ending journey

By Dharrsheena Raja SegarranPublished 10 months ago 6 min read
Image from Pinterest

Nica was beyond confused when she saw a woman identical to her sleeping in one of the train compartments. She checked the compartment and realized it was the same one she woke up in a few hours ago.

She still had no memory of how she ended up on this train. She didn’t have her bag or any of her belongings with her, except for her phone which was dead.

She didn’t even have a train ticket!

She had been roaming around the train for hours but it seemed deserted. She appeared to be alone, up until now.

She approached her doppelganger thinking maybe they would have answers. Suddenly, Nica jolted awake.

She had the weirdest dream. She was on a runaway train all alone. She closed her eyes trying to remember the rest of the dream but the harder she tried, the faster it faded away.

She gave up and opened her eyes. She took in her surroundings and realized her dream was coming true. Or was she still dreaming? Even worse, was she trapped in her dream?

“Get a grip, Nica!” she thought to herself.

She walked out of her compartment and had a weird sense of déjàvu.

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw movement on her right and quickly turned her head. It was a blonde woman but she couldn’t see their face clearly.

As she approached, the woman slid into the compartment nearest to her. Nica ran towards that compartment, lost her balance as she kicked something and almost fell. That woman must have dropped it.

She picked up the phone with the intent of returning it to the woman. She was about to enter the compartment but stopped when she realized it was her phone.

She quickly checked her pockets. It was empty. She had nothing on her. Not even a train ticket. Nica checked her phone and it was dead.

Image from Pinterest

Pocketing her phone, she entered the compartment to confront the woman for having her phone.

There was no one in there!

Baffled, Nica walked out and began to explore the train. There was no one around and she started wondering if anyone was even controlling the train.

All of a sudden, someone struck her from behind. Clutching her head, she turned around to see her attacker but she could only make out the blonde hair as she was losing consciousness.

Nica jolted awake. She had the strangest dream. In the dream, she woke up on a train with no memory of getting on it and she didn’t even have a ticket. Then a blonde woman who had Nica’s phone attacked her.

Still feeling shaky from the dream, it was a minute or two before Nica realized that she indeed was on a train.

She immediately checked her pockets and found her phone. It was dead. But the blonde woman had her phone in the dream.

So many things didn’t add up. She didn’t know why she was on a train. She has never taken a train before. She checked her pockets again, but there was no ticket.

Thinking maybe she could get help from someone, she walked out of the compartment. At that moment, the part of her dream where she saw the blonde woman out of the corner of her eye flashed in her mind.

Expecting to see the woman, Nica turned right but there was no one there. She walked around and started checking each compartment.

Her panic was rising the more she explored the train because she came to the realization that she was alone and this was a runaway train.

She was walking along the compartments again after a few hours of exploring the train and stopped dead in her tracks as she was caught by surprise.

Nica was beyond confused when she saw a woman identical to her sleeping in one of the train compartments. She checked the compartment and realized it was the same one she woke up in a few hours ago.

She still had no memory of how she ended up on this train.  She didn’t have her bag or any of her belongings, except for her phone which was dead.

She approached her doppelganger thinking maybe they would have answers. Suddenly, they jolted awake.

Nica got scared and ran out of the compartment. She didn’t stop until she was a few compartments away. Running with her phone in her back pocket was uncomfortable so she took it out to put it in her jacket pocket.

At that same moment, her double came out of her compartment and Nica panicked. Her double saw her and started approaching.

In haste, Nica accidentally dropped her phone and entered the nearest compartment without retrieving it.

That’s when Nica realized that the blonde woman had her phone earlier because she dropped it now. She was the blonde woman.

The blonde woman had hit her on the head before. Does that mean that Nica has to do the same thing to her double that would come in here any second now holding her phone?

No, wait! Before this, when Nica entered the compartment of the blonde woman, it was empty.

Does that mean she would disappear when her double comes in here?

What the hell was happening?

Is she trapped in her dream?

And is it repeating?

Is this a time loop?

How is it possible for her past, present, and future self to be in the same timeline?

Nica had so many questions and was questioning her sanity.

Image from Pinterest

She saw her double walk into the compartment just as she successfully hid under the seats. She waited and watched as the legs of her double walked out of the compartment slowly.

Nica emerged from under the seats and she knew what she had to do. She had to hit her double on her head because that’s what happened earlier to her. She also wondered what would happen if she didn’t follow that.

Pondering that, she walked out of the compartment just in time to see a blonde woman strike her double on the head.

So, it wasn’t her. It was another her!

Nica immediately ran in the opposite direction to get away from her triple.

Her head was pounding, threatening to crack open. She was bewildered; she didn’t know from where to even begin to think.

She stopped running as she came across a compartment that she didn’t notice before. She entered and gasped loudly.

There were so many of her inside. She lost count after twenty. They were all dead, slumped against each other. That’s when she realized this time loop had happened more than twenty times.

So each time a Nica dies, a new Nica appears. In order to break out of this loop, she has to survive. Or any one of her doppelgangers has to survive.

Why were they even attacking themselves? Fear, perhaps.

But something wasn’t right. There’s more than one Nica running around the train now. The ones that she was sure of were herself, her triple, and the new Nica that would have just woken up because her double had died.

That means either the First Nica didn’t die or the Second Nica appeared before the first died. So, it’s also possible for a new Nica to appear without a Nica dying. She closed her eyes trying to make sense of this revelation.

As the blade penetrated her back, she inhaled sharply.

Her double or triple or quadruple, she didn’t know who, pulled the knife out of her back, turned her around, and stabbed her a few more times before kicking her hard. She fell onto the pile of dead Nicas.

Suddenly, Nica jolted awake. She had the weirdest dream.
Thank you for reading this. If you liked my writing, please subscribe and click the heart.

If you liked this, you might also like this:

Sci Fi

About the Creator

Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

My mental health decline brought along a lot of Darkness and I embraced it. This Darkness flows out in the form of Horror Stories and Dark Poetry 🖤

FB Profile - Dharrsheena Raja Segarran 💖

FB Group - True Crime, Horror Story and Dark Poetry

Reader insights


Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

Top insights

  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  2. Easy to read and follow

    Well-structured & engaging content

  3. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

  1. Eye opening

    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

  2. On-point and relevant

    Writing reflected the title & theme

  3. Expert insights and opinions

    Arguments were carefully researched and presented

  4. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

  5. Masterful proofreading

    Zero grammar & spelling mistakes

Add your insights

Comments (88)

Sign in to comment
  • Sandra Tena Cole25 days ago

    Oh wow! Just when I think I've read your best yet, you surprise me one more time! 💜

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    OMG that was SO TRIPPY!! I love this! I got shivers when the third one appeared! Twilight Zone vibes!!

  • Whoa! That one was great! I love things like this with time loops and doubles and triples! That was really fun to follow along, like a scifi mystery. I could really see it playing out in my head like a movie!

  • Oh wow! That was quite a trip! Thank you!

  • Ted Hauser5 months ago

    Very well written! I love anything time bending...and this is good. It would make an amazing short Sci-Fi. Well done.

  • Narration on point! Thrilling and I imagined Jyothika as Nica!! Good one

  • Jonathan Townend9 months ago

    Wow! A well-written and enthralling piece to read. You handled the time-loop effect very well😊.

  • Denis Camden9 months ago

    Awesome! Suspense builds with the speed of the train

  • Arian Clark10 months ago

    I had no idea what would happen! Great twist!

  • Made in DNA10 months ago

    Oh lord, this is my worst nightmare. Well done. Enjoyed the literal twists. ;)

  • G.B. Veen10 months ago

    Very interesting read and highly engaging . subscribed

  • Nathaniel Warren10 months ago

    Interesting "dream within a dream" inception-based concept.

  • Christian Oxford10 months ago

    Very well executed use of tension and suspense!

  • Nikki Little10 months ago

    The build in this is so good! The ramping tension and creepiness culminating in something so horrifying. Great job!

  • Aleeza10 months ago

    Intense!!! Amazing!

  • Lilly Cooper10 months ago

    This was awesome :) I really enjoyed it!!

  • Ally North10 months ago

    This was so well done because it's disorienting in a way that you empathize with Nica, and you've paced it so that the speed of Nica's panic goes hand in hand with your writing structure and the train's speed as things build and build. Great work!

  • Maegan Heil10 months ago

    Love the concept!

  • Kate Holderness10 months ago

    Wow this really FELT like a dream within a dream within a dream as I read it! Great concept!

  • Danwil Reyes10 months ago

    I enjoyed reading this story!

  • Sarah G.10 months ago

    Fun concept!

  • Call Me Les10 months ago

    oh wow! I love how it goes in circles. You can really feel the disorientation of the character brought to life in the prose. It makes for a very absorbing experience. Well done!

  • Bri Craig10 months ago

    Wow! What a mind bender, I absolutely loved your concept here, I love the way you escalated the story, and I especially love the ending!

  • Jeff Rubenstein10 months ago

    Surreal!! Loved the tension and unique take on the challenge!

Find us on social media

Miscellaneous links

  • Explore
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Support

© 2023 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.