Saturday, 29 March 2014

Interchange

Molly was exhausted... Andrei had escorted her to the pizza shop the day before and she thought she had remembered where to go when he told her this morning...

It was her first time alone and she had become so confused by the different platforms, new sights, smells and sounds, and endless people coming on and walking off the train. No one seemed to even notice she was there as they pushed and shoved their way along their predetermined paths. She had recalled what Andrei had said, but before she realised it she was on a route that no longer looked familiar... And when the doors opened briefly, she was not quick enough to respond. It was too late. The doors closed once again and she was carried off to a new place...

Andrei had walked with her to the Baker street station and they had ridden the tube together to the first interchange at Edgeware Road where they would part ways for the day. This is where it all went wrong.

"I will have to run to catch my tube" said Andrei.

"But see that set of stairs?" He nudged his nose in the air to Molly.

She nodded. Big eyes looking up at him and trying to pay close attention to his every word... She had only just met Andrei and he was so kind. He had taken her in that first day to show her around East Putney and taught her how to get a free meal. Molly felt a little scared to be separated from him. She had trouble understanding the voices and it was rare that a word would escape that perked her ears from their familiarity.

Molly looked over at the set of stairs...

"Now when the doors open Molly, you follow those stairs to catch the train on the green line that will bring you to where we were yesterday. I will need to catch the yellow line for where I am going" he said with a kind look of reassurance. As the train began to slow, the doors opened and he gave her a little loving nuzzle before he disappeared into the distance.


Yesterday, after their stop at the pizza shop, Andrei had brought Molly to Regents Park where they had spent the day frolicking in the lake and the night under the quiet darkened sky. Upon waking this morning it was therefore a new route for her once again when Molly and Andrei got on the tube at the Baker street station. Surrounded by the narrow streets and what felt like towering buildings had made her feel disoriented from the moment they left the park. And now she was alone...

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