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Two Bus Tickets

Running Away

By J. Delaney-HowePublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - March 2024
Two Bus Tickets
Photo by Juan Encalada on Unsplash

Jeremy sat on a bench outside the bus station while the snow fell softly. Holding two tickets to the city in his hand, his heart was pounding. He used his savings to buy the tickets, and they would live off the rest. He looked at his watch, wondering where Colt was. They were supposed to meet at the bus stop fifteen minutes ago, and Colt wasn’t there yet.

Jeremy is from the city, and family has just moved to the country. Money was no object in his family, and Jeremy had saved some. Colt was born in this small town. His family owns a dairy farm.

It was now eight o’clock, and people were boarding the bus. Jeremy looked around for Colt—no sign of him.

Jeremy and Colt were madly in love. Neither one of them were out, so they hid it from everyone. One of the farmhands saw them kissing in the barn, and Colt was terrified his family would find out, so they had planned to run away together to the city to start a new life together.

The bus driver shouted the last call for boarding. Jeremy put his bag in the storage area and boarded the bus. As he sat in his seat, a tear rolled down his cheek. He was heartbroken. The bus pulled out of the station.

It was snowing much harder now. As he watched the bus drive away from across the street, a tear rolled down Colt’s cheek too.


About the Creator

J. Delaney-Howe

Bipolar poet. Father. Grandfather. Husband. Gay man. I write poetry, prose, some fiction and a good bit about family. Thank you for stopping by.

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  • ROCK 24 days ago

    Congratulations J.! 🎇

  • Mario Taylor 25 days ago

    Intresting post

  • Andrea Corwin 25 days ago

    Aww that is sad! Congrats.

  • And congrats on top story! 🎉

  • Heartbreaking indeed 💔

  • Caroline Craven26 days ago

    Oh - 😢 This was so good. I wish Colt would have got on the bus too. Great storytelling.

  • Kendall Defoe 26 days ago

    Says it all with so little. Top Story, indeed!

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • JBaz26 days ago

    This was raw and open, loved the feel you brought to a desperate feeling of hopelessness with a splatter of a new beginning Congratulations

  • Alyssa Nicole26 days ago

    There's so much emotion in so few words. Great job with this micro piece and congrats on the Top Story!

  • Really sad 😢 and I want to know their history from before this happened too

  • Anna 26 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • River Joy26 days ago

    Beautiful and heart breaking Jim. I don't know how I missed this the first time around. Congrats on the top story.

  • Back to say CONGRATS ON TOP STORY!!!

  • Sending hugs, felt this. made me think of Life Goes on bt Noah and the Whale

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    Get on the damn bus! This is heartbreaking! Beautifully done but so, so sad

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Oh. So sad. 😪 I want Jeremy to get off that bus and go get Colt. His family has money. Fight! #dreamworld. ❤️

  • Matthew Fromm2 months ago

    damn well done

  • Rachel M.J2 months ago

    Very sad, a nice read though <3

  • Colt like wth dude? Why didn't you go? Poor Jeremy!

  • Longingly tragic.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Aww. What a sad ending. Beautifully written.

  • Raphael Fontenelle2 months ago

    Dang. That's a real tear jerker. D=

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Heartwrentching & breaking!!!! Sending love♥️♥️💕

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    Awww why didn't Colt go 😢

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